Cybersecurity firm executive pleads guilty to hacking hospitals

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The above arch operating administrator of a cybersecurity aggregation has pleaded accusable to hacking two hospitals, allotment of the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC), in June 2021 to addition his company's business.

Vikas Singla, who formed for Securolytics, a arrangement aegis aggregation that provided casework to the healthcare industry, pleaded accusable to hacking into the systems of GMC Northside Hospital hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville, as prosecutors said in a June 2021 indictment.

During his advance on September 27, 2018, he disrupted the bloom provider's buzz and arrangement printer services, and he blanket the claimed advice of added than 200 patients from a Hologic R2 Digitizer digitizing accessory affiliated to a mammogram apparatus on GMC's Lawrenceville hospital.

On the aforementioned day, Singla acclimated over 200 printers in the GMC hospital in Duluth to book baseborn accommodating advice and "WE OWN YOU" messages.

"The Defendant attempts to actualize and use publicity about the attack, including by causing the advertisement of advice acquired after authorizations from the Digitiaze, to accomplish business for Securolytics," the guilty appeal reads.

Singla "promoted" the GMC drudge on Twitter, tweeting the names, dates of birth, and sexes of 43 patients whose abstracts had been baseborn in the breach. Securolytics additionally accomplished out abeyant audience afterwards Singla's attack, highlighting the GMC adventure in the emails.

Prosecutors ask for 57 months of probation

"This cyberattack on a hospital not alone could accept had adverse consequences, but patient's claimed advice was additionally compromised," said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.

"The FBI and our law administration ally are bent to authority accountable, those who allegedly put peoples bloom and assurance at accident while apprenticed by greed."

Singla was charged with 17 counts of advised accident to a adequate computer and one calculation of accepting advice from a adequate computer. Prosecutors say that the defendant's advance on GMC's ASCOM buzz system, printers, and digitizer resulted in added than $817,000 in banking losses.

He has now agreed to pay over $817,000 additional absorption in amends to the Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Lawrenceville and the Ace American Insurance Company as allotment of the appeal deal.

The prosecutors will acclaim a book of 57 months probation, including home detention, based on Singla actuality diagnosed with "a attenuate and cureless anatomy of cancer" and "a potentially alarming vascular condition," which accreditation "home apprehension as an addition to incarceration" so that the actor can accept adapted medical care.

The adjudicator can appoint a best appellation of imprisonment of 10 years during the sentencing audition appointed for February 15, 2024.