Security Firm Discovers Thousands of Data Files Stashed on Crimeware Servers

Security firm Finjan revealed that it discovered medical, business and airline data stolen and traded by cybercriminals using targeted campaign on a server controlled by hackers (Crimeserver) containing more than 500Mb of premium data.

The data included healthcare and business related data, as well as personal identifiable information (stolen Social Security Numbers). This data is part of the premium offering that the cybercriminals operating the Crimeservers were selling to the highest bidder online.

The compromised data came from all around the world and contained information from individuals, businesses, airlines and healthcare providers.

The report contains examples of compromised data that Finjan found on the Crimeserver, such as medical related data of hospitals and publicly owned healthcare providers, business related data of a U.S. airline carrier, Identity theft (stolen Social Security Numbers)

Some of the implications of stolen medical and patient data include: illegal and/or bogus treatments; obtaining prescription drugs for the purpose of selling them; loss of health coverage for the victimized patient; inaccurate records of victimized patients, which could result in incorrect and potentially harmful treatments.

These campaigns consisted of highly sophisticated attacks, incorporating Crimeware toolkits, Trojans and Command and Control (C&C) servers to drive traffic from a specific region, with specific characteristics.

Healthcare providers could also face potential HIPAA violations or breach of general data protection legislation.