eHealth Saskatchewan | June 12, 2020
Five months after a ransomware attack locked the computer systems storing eHealth Saskatchewan says it’s going to take a while to restructure its IT infrastructure.
It wasn’t long after the agency’s IT team discovered files from some of its servers had been sent to suspicious IP addresses.
Additional steps taken to protect its computer systems better since the initial attack include updating password protocols, updated protection software.
Five months after a ransomware attack locked the computer systems storing confidential medical data of Saskatchewan residents, eHealth Saskatchewan says it’s going to take a while to restructure its IT infrastructure, and that it’s still unsure who stole the data or where it is. The health agency’s chief executive officer Jim Hornell confirmed in February that the virus first entered the eHealth system on December 20, 2019. Employees didn’t discover there was a problem until they tried to open files on Jan. 6 and were asked to hand over bitcoin in exchange for the encrypted data.
As we outlined publicly in early February, eHealth discovered some files were sent to IP addresses outside of eHealth’s environment. Those files were encrypted and password protected by the attacker. This makes it difficult to determine the exact content of those files,” wrote Ian Hanna, director of communications for eHealth Saskatchewan in an email to IT Word. “Longer-term work on re-organizing and restructuring eHealth’s IT architecture will continue for several more months.
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eHealth Saskatchewan in an email to IT Word. “Longer-term work on re-organizing and restructuring eHealth’s IT architecture will continue for several more months.
~ Ian Hanna, director communications eHealth Saskatchewan
Law enforcement and privacy officials have been kept up-to-date on the forensic investigation, wrote Hanna. He also confirmed that eHealth had hired outside help to determine if any files were illegally sold. As of now, no trace of such activity has been found. The agency’s website says, should it be determined that personal health information has left the organization, the public will be advised.
Additional steps taken to protect its computer systems better since the initial attack include updating password protocols, updated protection software the introduction of multi-factor authentication for crucial systems, added Hanna. There was a total lack of visibility of the health agency’s computer network, according to David Masson, director of enterprise security at Darktrace. Unfortunately, it’s a common problem with many companies, he said.
It’s too late to really do much once you discover there’s a problem because by then, the damage is done, One of the other disturbing details of the attack against eHealth Saskatchewan.
With eHealth, there was never any ransom paid, but we’ve seen that the data has left [the data centre] and turned up in various other places,” said Masson. When it comes to action items on the part of residents whose data might be compromised, Masson suggested additional vigilance. Be wary of strange emails, text messages and phone calls. And it doesn’t hurt to check bank statements every once in a while, he added.
One of the other disturbing details of the attack against eHealth Saskatchewan is how files from some of its servers had been sent to suspicious IP addresses, he indicated. This could reflect a more sophisticated ransomware attack akin to the one that crushed an agricultural services company earlier in June. In that case, a website called “Happy Blog” run by threat group dubbed REvil auctioned off data it says was stolen from a London, Ont., company that offers crop advisory and protection services. The auction notice said the data available included accounting documents and customer accounts for the last three months.
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Comviva | January 14, 2022
Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions, announced a collaboration with IBM (NYSE: IBM) to deliver its next-generation BlueMarble solution on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. The integrated solution shall power digital transformation for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) globally in the 5G and Edge era.
Comviva's BlueMarble, which is now ready to run on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications, enables CSPs to modernize their business platforms without having to go through large complex transformation cycles. Offering a complete digital customer lifecycle from discovery, shopping, ordering, and billing to payment and care, the solution is designed to provide a digital platform with ready-to-configure microservices and flexible user interface components to enable a new-age customer experience across different channels, as well as a scalable and agile market solution for CSPs to monetize infrastructure and accelerate their digital transformation initiatives.
"5G introduces fundamental changes to the way Business Support Solutions work for evolving digital services. It is essential for CSPs to embrace Cloud native technologies that provide differentiated competitive advantage for supporting new revenue models. Our BlueMarble solution is 5G native and now ready to run on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. The integrated solution is designed to empower CSPs with a future proof next-generation platform for rapid transformation and monetization of existing network infrastructure as they prepare for 5G evolution."
Manoranjan 'Mao' Mohapatra, Chief Executive Officer at Comviva
This collaboration is in line with Comviva's parent company, Tech Mahindra's NXT.NOW™ charter, that focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and evolving needs in the 5G era. Tech Mahindra is part of IBM's partner ecosystem collaborating on the IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to help network equipment providers, independent software vendors (ISVs), software-as-a-service providers, and hardware partners accelerate business transformation by unlocking the power of 5G and edge. The IBM Cloud for Telecommunications is engineered to integrate advanced AI and automation processes at the edge and speeds services deployment while simultaneously reducing overall costs.
Bill Lambertson, Vice President and Distinguished Industry Leader for IBM Global Telecommunications, said, "We are excited to bring together Comviva's BlueMarble order capture solution with IBM's Sterling Order Management using Telco standard TM Forum Open APIs that are enabled on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. We look forward to extend this API driven integration on joint client engagements."
Mahadev Subramaniam, IBM Global Business Unit Head at Tech Mahindra, said, "5G is a significant part of our portfolio and growth agenda. A frontrunner in this domain, we have been making sustained investments to expand our 5G capabilities, and in the process, strengthen the ecosystem. This collaboration is a testimony to our long-standing alliance with IBM. In line with our CloudNXT.NOWTM framework, the work with IBM is aimed at generating new revenue streams from 5G and solidifying our vision to further scale our IBM ecosystem."
This collaboration aims to allow Tech Mahindra and IBM to establish a standards-based integration of new Telco solutions with clients' existing systems using TM Forum APIs enabled on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications. Comviva's BlueMarble solution implements these APIs to help enable agile adaptation, as well as the ability to address specific client needs, such as integrating solutions from IBM and its partner ecosystem. Additionally, the BlueMarble solution can integrate with IBM's Sterling Order Management to offer clients a choice of billing solutions.
prnewswire | October 12, 2020
Cellcom Israel Ltd.announced today the appointment of Mr. Ilan Sigal as the Company's VP business development and as CEO of Golan Telecom (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company) effective February 1, 2021. Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is a leading Israeli communications group, providing a wide range of communications services. Cellcom Israel is the largest Israeli cellular provider, providing its approximately 2.734 million cellular subscribers (as at June 30, 2020) with a broad range of services including cellular telephony, roaming services for tourists in Israel and for its subscribers abroad, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular content and data services and other value-added services in the areas of music, video, mobile office etc., based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure.