Hackers Breach Network of LabCorp, US' Biggest Blood Testing Laboratories
(Jul 18, 2018)
The largest blood testing laboratory in the United States, LabCorp, released a statement that their IT network suffered a breach. As a result, they had to shut down multiple portions of its entire system in an attempt to contain the breach and prevent it from propagating within the expansive network. It is unclear if they have been able to fully restore their systems at the time of the article’s publication. This has the potential to have severe repercussions because LabCorp plays a crucial part in the United States’ healthcare infrastructure being the primary diagnostic laboratory used across the US for hospitals, physicians, and testing facilities.
Recommendation: It is unclear how the breach occurred in the first place, however, there are still some preventative measures that can be taken to avoid breaches of data. Using applications that handle sensitive information comes with inherent risk. Therefore, it is important for your company to properly inspect how the data is being handled by applications and software that are being used. Organisations that store sensitive information must employ rigid policies that enforce complex usernames/passwords for employees, as well as regular red-teaming and penetration testing to ensure that the physical IT systems are secure and protected.
Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) associated with this story can be viewed by ThreatStream users here to identify potential malicious activity.