Podcast: Finding Orangeworm

HCA News Staff
MAY 04, 2018


Cybersecurity researchers recently spotlighted a new kind of healthcare hacker. Orangeworm, as the group is called, has been preying on glaring vulnerabilities in healthcare networks for years. Can it be stopped?

To find out, Data Book talks to Jon DiMaggio, a senior threat intelligence analyst for Symantec. He’s one of the people who unearthed Orangeworm a few years ago. Ever since, he’s been investigating how the hacker (or hackers) operate and for which end. As you’ll hear, Orangeworm likely isn’t a nation-state, like North Korea or Russia. Instead, DiMaggio says, the group is probably engaging in some sort of corporate espionage.

>> READ: How Orangeworm Burrowed into Healthcare’s Supply Chain

The thing about its hacks is, healthcare has long known of the vulnerabilities that allowed it to enter sensitive systems. Orangeworm takes advantage of old, out-of-date systems, typically found in medical imaging devices. CynergisTek’s John Nye joins Data Book to describe what went wrong, what’s still going wrong, and how healthcare organizations and related vendors can plug the gaps.

Also of note: This episode puts Ryan Black, an editor for Healthcare Analytics News™ in the copilot seat, alongside co-host Jack Murtha. (Tom Castles, a regular co-host, was off covering all things ophthalmology in Hawaii when this episode was recorded.)

To read our coverage of Orangeworm and how healthcare can defend itself, click here and here.

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