Hive is a new & potentially devastating type of ransomware. Here’s what you need to know.

September 17, 2021

This new type of ransomware — which was linked to a cyberattack against an Ohio-based health system in August — employs a multi-pronged approach, focusing not only on encrypting sensitive data but also on terminating backup processes to make it harder for organizations to recover from the attack.

This summer, a new type of ransomware emerged serving as a reminder that the world of cybercrime is continually evolving even during a once-in-a-century health crisis.

Called Hive, the ransomware uses several mechanisms to compromise business networks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an alert about the ransomware last month after it was linked to a cyberattack at Marietta, Ohio-based Memorial Health System. The attack shut down computer systems at the health system, resulting in surgeries and radiology exams being canceled.

Ben Denkers, EVP of operations at CynergisTek, breaks down what hive ransomware is and how damaging it can be in this article.

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