State Department Offers Reward for BlackCat Hacker Information – The Presidential Prayer Team | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Change Healthcare is still recovering from the ransomware attack in February.

The Department of State recently announced a $10 million reward for information about the Blackcat ransomware group. 

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said, “The ALPHV BlackCat ransomware-as-a-service group compromised computer networks of critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and worldwide, deploying ransomware on the targeted systems, disabling security features within the victim’s network, stealing sensitive confidential information, demanding payment to restore access, and threatening to publicize the stolen data if victims do not pay a ransom.”

The hacking group launched a ransomware attack against Change Healthcare in February, which shut down payment management systems in hospitals and pharmacies across the country. This forced many patients to pay out-of-pocket for their health care for several days. The healthcare service company, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has still not entirely recovered from the attack, though it has been able to resume its payment processing capabilities.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. officials as they seek information on the BlackCat and other ransomware hacking groups.
  • For members of the various government agencies seeking to secure the cyber infrastructure of the nation.

Sources: The Hill, Reuters



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