Russian hacker network leaks nudes of US cancer patients

Web Desk 11:56 PM | 9 Mar, 2023
Russian hacker network leaks nudes of US cancer patients

A Russian hacker network, known as ALPHV, nicknamed BlackCat, leaked naked photos of cancer patients online which they stole from Lehigh Valley Health Network after they refused to pay the ransom.

The Pennsylvania-based consortium said the hackers' actions were an 'unconscionable criminal act'.

On February 6, the healthcare consortium said they found unauthorized activity on their computer networks. A month later, the hackers issued a statement stating that they had 'been in your network for a long time', and had accessed patient passports, questionnaires, personal data, and 'nude photos'. 

Along with the images, “seven documents containing patient information” were posted, LVHN said.

In response, the health group “immediately launched an investigation, engaged leading cybersecurity firms and experts, and notified law enforcement.”

Lehigh Valley Live reported that the stolen information includes three screenshots, described as 'clinically appropriate' photographs of cancer patients receiving radiation oncology treatment. There were also seven documents containing patient information. 

Unfortunately, the data was published online on the dark web after the hospital refused to pay the hackers.

'Our blog is followed by a lot of world media, the case will be widely publicized, and will cause significant damage to your business,' the hackers said. 

'Your time is running out. We are ready to unleash our full power on you.'

The US Department of Health and Human Services said that the hackers demanded $1.5 million or more in ransom.

'This unconscionable criminal act takes advantage of patients receiving cancer treatment, and LVHN condemns this despicable behavior. We will provide notices as required to those whose information was involved,' the company said.

Brian Nester, the CEO of the healthcare company, said they were "still identifying information involved in the incident." 

BlackCat, also known as ALPHV and Carbon Spider, is related to the Russian cyber gang REvil, blamed for a global ransomware attack.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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