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United States – Houston United Memorial Medical Center

Exploit: Ransomware
Houston United Memorial Medical Center: Regional Hospital

Risk to Small Business: 1.612 = Severe

Althouth the gang had previously said that they were not attacking medical targets during the pandemic, on or about August 3, Maze ransomware was unleashed on Houston United Memorial Medical Center, and the gang added UMMC to their leak site. Maze posted as proof of the claimed UMMC hack some general files from the center, and one folder containing some identifiable (but unconfirmed) patient records. The hospital has made no announcement regarding the impact or severity of the hack.

Individual Risk: 2.782 = Moderate

So far, there’s limited evidence that a significant amount of patient data was exposed in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unkown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, updated varieties like double extortion ransomware are entering the scene to cause more damage to businesses that fail to guard against the most likely infection vector: phishing.