Alaska Says That It Suffered A Cyberattack On Their Health Service From A Nation State

A nation-state cyber-espionage group has gained access to the IT network of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Service (DHSS), the agency said last week:

The attack, which is still being investigated, was discovered on May 2, earlier this year, by a security firm, which notified the agency. While the DHSS made the incident public on May 18 and published two updates in June and August, the agency did not reveal any details about the intrusion until last week, when it officially dispelled the rumor that this was a ransomware attack. Instead, the agency described the intruders as a “nation-state sponsored attacker” and “a highly sophisticated group known to conduct complex cyberattacks against organizations that include state governments and health care entities.”

You have to believe that the US Federal Government is involved in investigating this attack. And if they can prove that a nation state was behind this, the nation state in question is going to get a knock on the door. That combined with having strong cyberdefences are the only ways that this sort of thing stops.

I would stay tuned to this story as I suspect that this might get “interesting.”

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