The BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware gang has attacked Barts Health NHS Trust. Barts Health NHS Trust is one of the largest National Health Service (NHS) trusts in the United Kingdom. It operates several hospitals in London, providing healthcare services to a significant population in the capital city. The trust's name is derived from St Bartholomew's Hospital, which has a rich history dating back to 1123. Barts Health NHS Trust was established in 2012 through the merger of several hospitals and healthcare facilities, including St Bartholomew's Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Newham University Hospital, and Mile End Hospital. These hospitals collectively serve a diverse community and offer a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, specialized treatments, and general healthcare. BlackCat/ALPHV posted Barts Health NHS Trust to its data leak site on June 30th, claiming to have stolen 7TB of sensitive and confidential data. First observed in late 2021, BlackCat/ALPHV employs a well-developed RaaS platform that encrypts by way of an AES algorithm where the AES key is encrypted using an RSA public key.BlackCat/ALPHV has the ability to disable security tools and evade analysis and is thought to be the first ransomware group using RUST, a secure programming language that offers exceptional performance for concurrent processing. The ransomware also leverages Windows scripting to deploy the payload and to compromise additional hosts. The developers have also been linked to DarkSide/BlackMatter ransomware attacks and may simply be a rebranding of those campaigns.
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