NYC and state on guard as FBI issues warning about cyberattacks against hospitals

Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News
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The city is on alert for possible cyberattacks in the wake of an FBI warning about threats to the country’s health care system, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday.

“Our Cyber Command is an extremely talented group of people, very strategically conservative in their approach and really making sure that we have what we need across all elements of city government,” he said at a press conference. “That obviously includes our public health system.”

The comments came after federal authorities said Wednesday that “malicious cyber actors are targeting the [public health] Sector with Trickbot malware, often leading to ransomware attacks, data theft, and the disruption of healthcare services.”

Trickbot is a large network of bots that’s been used by criminal groups to infect computers.

The St. Lawrence County Health System in upstate New York was reportedly attacked earlier this week.

“We’ve talked about this a lot over the last year and I feel very confident about that. We’ve watched attacks on other cities and learned from them and put additional measures in place,” said de Blasio, though he did not go into detail.

Rich Azzopardi, a senior adviser to Gov. Cuomo, said several state agencies are working with the impacted hospitals.

“(The agencies) will continue to provide support to the St. Lawrence Hospital System and our partners in government in response to this cyberattack,” he said.

With News wire services

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