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Friday, 07 August 2020 10:24

NY ventilator innovator hit by Windows DoppelPaymer ransomware

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A company that used its engineering expertise to develop a ventilator in a month because it was needed in New York has fallen victim to a ransomware attack, with cyber criminals using the Windows DoppelPaymer ransomware to attack the company's infrastructure.

Boyce Technologies developed the ventilator based on work by Scott Cohen, who runs a technology centre for researchers and start-ups known as New Labs, and Marcel Botha, who runs a product design and development company known as 10XBeta.

The project gained national attention in the US when it was featured in a long article in the The New York Times in April.

Of the project, Boyce says on its website: "At the end of March, we partnered with NewLab and 10XBeta to support hospitals in critical need in New York City.

"We called upon ABB Robotics for additional robots, and in less than 30 days, we became the only non-medical manufacturing facility to develop an FDA-approved bridge ventilator and go into mass production – producing 300 units per day and shipping them to NYC hospitals.

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A screenshot showing data from Boyce Technologies posted on the DoppelPaymer website.

"The New York City Economic Development Corporation has ordered the first 3000 units on behalf of NYC, and plans are in progress to expand distribution of Spiro Waves to areas of the country and the world where the COVID-19 pandemic is most severe."

The gang behind the attack has, as usual, leaked some data stolen from the company's site on its website on the dark Web.

iTWire has contacted Boyce Technologies for comment.

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