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Russian-speaking hackers are targeting US hospitals, which are already struggling to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases, with a massive ransomware attack that could cripple their systems, federal agencies and cybersecurity experts have warned.

In a joint alert published Wednesday, the FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Department for Health and Human Services said it had received “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers.”

The statement said that the attacks are aimed at “data theft and disruption of healthcare services” and that “these issues will be particularly challenging for organizations within the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Attacks can disrupt critical treatments and result in deaths

The agencies urged healthcare providers to take action to protect their computer systems against attacks, and warn staff that hospital systems are being targeted by malware, which is usually hidden in email attachments. 

Cybersecurity experts told The Washington Post that…

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