Unmasking the Cyber Siege: PhilHealth’s Website and Systems Under Attack by Hackers

Unmasking the Cyber Siege: PhilHealth’s Website and Systems Under Attack by Hackers

Essential Takeaways:

– The website and online application of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) were attacked by hackers, causing a system shutdown and blocking access for over 24 hours.
– PhilHealth has initiated containment measures and an investigation into the incident, in collaboration with the Department of Information and Communications Technology and other government agencies.
– Affected systems will be temporarily shut down to secure application systems during the investigation.
– PhilHealth’s president and CEO, Emmanuel Ledesma, assured the public that they will strengthen their systems to prevent similar attacks in the future.
– The nature of the attack, whether it was a Medusa ransomware attack, is yet to be confirmed by PhilHealth officials.
– Ransomware is a type of cyberattack that holds an entity’s data or system hostage until a ransom is paid.
– MedusaLocker, a ransomware variant, has targeted the healthcare sector since its detection in September 2019, leveraging the disorder caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Resolving a single data breach and paying off ransom can cost a firm around P55 million or $1 million, according to a cybersecurity company.