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Killnet DDoS attacks against healthcare dip as identity risks tick up

SC Media

After a spate of Killnet DDoS cyberattacks against healthcare entities throughout January, the hacktivist campaigns have slowed. However, the Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) warns the risk posed against the hijacking of digital identities remains high.

KillNet is believed to be a Russia-aligned hacktivist group, active since January 2022, and is known for its DoS and DDoS attacks towards government institutions, including the healthcare sector.

A HC3 alert released this week notes that only a “few incidents” have been attributed to Killnet this month, outside of a DDoS attack against a laboratory, blood and pharmaceutical organization. The hacktivists’ Telegram channel also posted “little to no content on” possible healthcare targeting.


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