The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team within the Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre have jointly issued a special alert for both nations on the threat of ransomware and recent variants of the virus.

The alert highlights the threat to the healthcare industry in the U.S. and worldwide, as well as threats to other businesses and individuals, outlining important steps to help organizations from falling victim to a ransomware attack, and guidelines for responding in incidents in which an organization is fending off ransom demands.

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