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US ‘Disrupted’ North Korean Hackers Who Breached Health Sector

  • Targets included a medical center in Kansas, DOJ’s Monaco says
  • Hospital faced ‘impossible choice’ to pay up or endanger care
Lisa Monaco 

Lisa Monaco 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

Federal investigators “disrupted” a North Korean state-sponsored hacking group that targeted US medical facilities and other health organizations, a top Justice Department official said Tuesday.

The attacks included the targeting of a medical center in Kansas last year, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, disabling the hospital’s systems that store important data and run key equipment. Monaco said the government’s investigation led to a public warning, with the Department of Homeland Security, about “Maui” ransomware targeting the health sector.