Best Infosec-Related Long Reads of the Week, 2/4/23
The line Conti wouldn't cross, The Kremlin spies on Telegram?, Hackney Council's ransomware pain, Spyware threatens democracy, Pig butchering's UK nexus, Truckers' surveillance woes, more
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When Hackers Hobbled Ireland’s Hospitals, They Took Themselves Down, Too
Bloomberg’s Ryan Gallagher explains how a life-threatening ransomware attack on Ireland’s public health system in May 2021, which compromised 54 hospitals and 4,000 other medical facilities, the largest ever such attack on a health care system, forced the formerly ruthless Russia-based Conti ransomware gang to drop its $20 million ransom demand and discover a line it would not cross.
At the time of the HSE hack, Conti didn’t have a record of restraint. The FBI estimated that as of January 2022 the group had carried out attack…