iTWire has contacted ERT for comment.
The NYT report has not made any claim about a foreign country being involved in the attack, though it had claimed on 27 September that "many of the [ransomware] attacks are conducted by Russian criminal groups, some with shady ties to President Vladimir V. Putin’s intelligence services."
"Even countries that previously did not stand out for their cyber prowess, like South Korea and Vietnam, have been named in recent security reports as countries that are engaged in hacking global health organisations in the pandemic."
Of itself, ERT says it has "nearly 50 years of combined clinical, therapeutic and regulatory experience as well as technology and process‑related insights".
It has offices in Philadelphia, Boston, Scotts Valley [California], Maryland Heights (Montana], Bridgewater [New Jersey}, Rochester, Morrisville [North Carolina], Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Bristol in the US.
ERT also has a presence in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, India and Japan.
Contacted for comment, former elite NSA hacker Jake Williams told iTWire: "The only thing that jumps out at me (there's not much meat in the story) is that the customers who had back-ups of their data entrusted with ERT likely fared better than those that had to document on pencil and paper."
Williams, who now runs his own infosec outfit known as Rendition Infosec, added: "Just because you trust someone to manage your data, doesn't mean you shouldn't have a plan for what happens if they can't."