Darren Pauli for the The Register flags the rise of a ransomware variant that, according to Talos, has ‘a particular focus on the healthcare industry’.
Pauli’s article: Hospital servers in crosshairs of new ransomware strain – SamSam virus is highly contagious and Bitcoin’s the only known cure. He also summarizes Maktub, which resembles SamSam in that files are encrypted offline and C&C infrastructure is not used for payment.
The Talos blog with more technical detail: SAMSAM: THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU, AFTER HE PAYS THE RANSOM
Malwarebytes analysis of Maktub: Maktub Locker – Beautiful And Dangerous
Commentary by Sean Gallagher for Ars Technica: Two more healthcare networks caught up in outbreak of hospital ransomware – New server-targeting malware hitting healthcare targets with unpatched websites.