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Belgium – General Medical Laboratory (AML)

Exploit: Ransomware
General Medical Laboratory (AML): Medical Testing Laboratories 

Risk to Small Business: 1.702 = Severe

Ransomware came calling at Antwerp’s AML, bringing testing operations to a halt at a very bad time. AML is the largest COVID-19 testing laboratory in Belgium, handling thousands of tests daily as well as other medical laboratory work. The company chose to pursue shutdown and restoration instead of paying the ransom.

Individual Risk: No individual or personal data has been reported as exposed in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is no joke, and gangs can do massive damage to strategic targets in order to create maximum disruption to encourage payment. They’ve been especially disruptive throughout the pandemic to healthcare targets.