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SamSam ransomware hackers still targeting healthcare, HHS warns

April 11, 2018 / Jessica Davis

The destructive ransomware strain SamSam is still pummeling the healthcare sector, and hackers using it have hit at least eight separate targets in the government and healthcare sectors this year, according to an alert from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS officials recommend restricting access behind firewalls, but, more important, using two-factor authentication. Organizations should also limit the users who can access the remote desktop server and use an account lockout policy, which is crucial to stopping the brute force attacks used by SamSam hackers.