A safety firm govt has been charged for hacking into (PDF) the Gwinnett Medical Heart’s community on or round September twenty seventh, 2018. In response to the Division of Justice, Vikas Singla from Georgia carried out a cyberattack on the not-for-profit community of healthcare suppliers partly for business benefit and private monetary achieve. Singla was the chief working officer of a community safety firm in metro-Atlanta — the DOJ did not identify the corporate, however the profile matches that of Securolytics — that served the healthcare business. He (and his yet-to-be-named associates) allegedly disrupted GMC’s cellphone service, obtained info from a digitizing machine and disrupted community printer service throughout the assault.
Whereas the DOJ did not dive into the specifics of the case, it was reported again in 2018 that GMC was investigating a attainable knowledge breach that led to the leak of affected person info on-line. The attackers additionally threatened GMC’s employees and shamed the supplier on the web. Now-deleted weblog posts on Securolytics’ web site written by Singla describe attacking targets in healthcare, presumably to repair issues with their safety. How that exercise is linked to the information breach reported in 2018, or the costs filed this week, remains to be unclear.
The chief was indicted by a federal grand jury on June eighth and was charged with 17 counts of intentional harm to a protected pc, with every cost carrying a most sentence of 10 years in jail. He was additionally charged with one depend of acquiring info by pc from a protected pc, which has a max sentence of 5 years in jail.
Particular Agent in Cost Chris Hacker of the FBI’s Atlanta Subject Workplace mentioned:
“This cyberattack on a hospital not solely might have had disastrous penalties, however sufferers’ private info was additionally compromised. The FBI and our legislation enforcement companions are decided to carry accountable, those that allegedly put individuals’s well being and security in danger whereas pushed by greed.”