Common practice is to take “before and after” pictures of patients but unfortunately, a cosmetic surgery clinic hit by hackers has leaked all these pictures.
Cyber criminals have been trying to blackmail patients a Lithuanian plastic surgery clinic due to them compromising their network. The hackers are threatening to publish their client nude “before and after” photos online if not paid.
Hackers broke into the network earlier this year and took sensitive data including passport scans, national insurance numbers, and other information from servers belonging to Grozio Chirurgija which operates cosmetic clinics in Vilnius and Kaunas.
The cyber criminals asked for 300 bitcoin for all the data from the clinic as well as requesting between €50 and €2,000 (in bitcoin). This includes patients who are celebrities as well as individuals from various European countries, including 1,500 from the UK.
The hacking group known as Tsar Team broke into servers and they stole more than 25,000 private photos and personal information of clients.
What are some steps to take to protect your business from hackers?
Cosmetic surgery clinic hit by hackers but you don’t have to be in the same boat as there are a few different types of basic security on the market that can help protect your business by offering multiple levels of protection.
Antivirus software is the most common as it will defend against most types of malware however it should be an enterprise class solutions that has been configured and if possible managed by your IT department or managed IT services provider.
Firewalls are a necessity to all business networks as they provide an added layer of protection by preventing an unauthorized user from accessing a computer or network.
A business class data backup solution should be part of the mix also to cover any information compromised or lost during a breach as it can easily be recovered from an offsite location. Encryption software can also protect sensitive data including two-step authentication or password security software for internal programs to reduce password cracking by cyber criminals.
Always keep your software up to date, always educate your employees, always implement security policies, and always practice your incident response plan.
There is no one-size-fits-all security solution, however, there are industry best practices that should be followed to maximize your security efforts.
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