There's a new ransomware variant making the rounds, and it may prove more productive for attackers and more problematic for healthcare security teams. Rather than the “spray and pray” type attacks we saw in the past, the new twist is focusing on select, high-risk targets.

“Spray and pray” ransomware attacks are a volume game. It works like this—target a very large audience with a spear phishing scheme and hope to fool a relatively small percentage of people. Encrypt their files and ask for hundreds of bitcoins/dollars to unlock them.

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