The targeted clinic, which has offices in Beverly Hills and Dubai, has not responded to inquiries regarding the alleged hack. The doctor’s social media profiles do not mention the incident. The FBI recently warned about cybercriminals targeting plastic surgery clinics, using social engineering techniques to extort individuals for cryptocurrency.
This is not the first time a plastic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills has been extorted by ransomware gangs. In June, the cybercrime group ALPHV, also known as BlackCat, threatened to release photos from another clinic in the area. In late 2020, the cybercrime gang REvil similarly threatened to release patient photos after breaching a leading cosmetic surgery company in the U.K.
The amount of money Hunters International is seeking from the clinic in exchange for keeping its data offline remains unknown. The situation highlights the increasing threat faced by plastic surgery clinics and the need for robust cybersecurity measures in the industry.