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FBI Warns of Cybercriminals Targeting Protected Health Information

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an advisory warning providers that criminals are actively targeting file transfer protocol (FTP) servers in an attempt to access protected health information and personally identifiable information, with the goal of intimidating, harassing and blackmailing business owners. These attacks specifically target FTP servers operating in “anonymous” mode, which allows a user to authenticate to the server with a common username and without submitting a password, or by submitting a generic password or e-mail address. The FBI recommends that providers ask their information technology personnel to check networks for FTP servers running in anonymous mode and ensure that sensitive information is not stored on such servers.