Cyberthreats are not going away and cybercriminals are becoming more crafty.
Government agencies continue to warm about cybersecurity and fraud schemes.
By now, it’s no secret that the healthcare sector is a major target for cybersecurity attacks in various forms and fraudulent activity. Recently, three federal agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (collectively “Agencies”) issued another warning about emerging fraud schemes and the related methods of attack. This warning was released in connection with COVID-19 and cyber threats and fraud in all forms.
Specifically, these Agencies alerted the public to the following items, among others:
Another item related to phishing is the use of cybercriminals attempting to “trick users into opening a ‘LinkedIn Private Shared Document’ and entering their login credentials into a fake LinkedIn login page, security researcher JB Bowers warms.” This message is delivered through LinkedIn; however, users who have their email attached to LinkedIn may also see it appear there. Proceed with extreme caution because the “LinkedIn Private Shared Document” literally does not exist and it should trigger alarm bells for the user.
In sum, cyberthreats are not going away and cybercriminals are becoming more crafty. Stay alert even during these overwhelming times.
Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, advises clients on compliance and transactions in healthcare, cybersecurity, corporate and securities law, while representing plaintiffs in False Claims Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower cases. She also teaches bioethics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Rachel can be reached through her website, www.rvrose.com.