Iran-backed hackers targeted Boston Children’s Hospital, FBI chief says

Wray, in a speech at a conference hosted by Boston College, detailed the incident, warning of the growing threat of cyberattacks sponsored by nation states such as Iran, Russia and China for American businesses and infrastructure.

“We received a report from one of our intelligence partners that Boston Children’s was about to be targeted, and understanding the urgency of the situation, the Cyber ​​Squad from our Boston Field Office responded. rushed to notify the hospital,” Wray said.

Wray said FBI officials were able to quickly get the information needed from the nationally recognized children’s hospital to “stop the danger immediately” and mitigate the threat.

“The quick actions of everyone involved, especially at the hospital, protected both the network and the sick children who depended on it,” Wray said.

Boston Children’s Hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wray called the incident “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I have ever seen” and was an example of the growing risks hospitals and other critical infrastructure providers face from hackers, including including those sponsored by the state.

“If malicious cyber actors are going to deliberately cause destruction or hold data and systems for ransom, they tend to hit us somewhere that’s going to really hurt,” Wray said.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Mark Porter)

By Nate Raymond

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