Many systems of LabCorp health firm, located in Burlington, North Carolina went offline last weekend after a ransomware had infected them.
On Monday, the company revealed that, over the weekend of July 14, it detected suspicious activity on its network and decided to take some systems offline to contain the activity. The experts found that this suspicious activity is, in fact, a new variant of ransomware.
LabCorp is a company that does diagnostic, drug development and technology-enabled solutions for more than 115 million patients per year and serves hundreds of thousands of customers nationwide and processes tests on more than 2.5 million patient specimens per week. Last year the same firm reported a revenue of $10 billion. This big health company operates a network of more than 1,900 patient service centers (PSCs) nationally and employs about 60,000 people.
Companies and individual people must take certain precautions against this growing phenomenon of cyber attacks; for that they should implement at least a cybersecurity solution, like an antivirus, to protect their systems. Necessary things like regularly updating operating systems, using antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac depending on which OS your device is using. Companies must also hire professional cybersecurity firms to do regular checkups to their internal network a couple of times per year. These checkups must always include a penetration test and various ethical hacking test.
Immediately after this discovery LabCorp promptly took certain systems offline as part of its comprehensive response to contain and remove the ransomware from its system. This immediate and necessary action has temporarily affected their test processing and customer access to test results. For the time being, the investigation has found no evidence of theft or misuse of data.
Now the firm is working on bringing additional systems and functions online. The firm will restore its full system functionality as quickly as possible; for now, testing operations have been resumed, and the experts are working to restore additional systems and functions.
The only good news is that the ransomware, found by the experts, only impacted LabCorp Diagnostics systems and did not affect Covance Drug Development systems.
Keep in mind that every device has a significant value that must be protected by at least cybersecurity solution like an antivirus. Depending on which OS your device is running, install an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac for total protection. Companies must take an extra step and hire a professional cybersecurity firm that will run various cybersecurity tests on your company’s network to implement only the best possible cybersecurity solution. Always opt for a package that includes at least a penetration test and ethical hacking test. For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.