An executive of a security company was accused of hacking (PDF) into the Gwinnett Medical Center network on or around September 27, 2018. According to the Department of Justice, Vikas Singla of Georgia carried out a cyberattack on the network nonprofit health care. suppliers in part for business advantage and personal financial gain. Singla was the COO of a network security company in Metro Atlanta – the DOJ did not name the company, but the profile matches that of Securolytics – which served the healthcare industry . He (and his associates whose names have not yet been named) allegedly disrupted GMC’s phone service, obtained information from a scanning device, and disrupted network printer service during the attack.
Although the DOJ did not delve into the details of the case, it was reported in 2018 that GMC was investigating a possible data breach that led to the leakage of patient information online. The attackers also threatened GMC staff and put the supplier to shame on the internet. Now-deleted blog posts on the Securolytics website, written by Singla, describe attacks on healthcare targets, presumably to address security concerns. It is still unclear whether this activity was linked to the data breach reported in 2018 or the charges made this week.
The executive was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 8 and charged with 17 counts of intentional damage to a protected computer, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He was also charged with one count of obtaining computer information from a secure computer, carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI Field Office in Atlanta said:
“This cyberattack on a hospital could not only have had dire consequences, but patients’ personal information was also compromised. The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to hold accountable those who put them at risk. the health and safety of people when they were motivated by greed. “
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