177% increase: Hackers grabbed 21.3 million healthcare records in the second half of 2020


Veronica Combs

The numbers are not getting better for healthcare systems trying to keep patient data out of hackers' hands. Healthcare data breaches went up 36% in the second half of 2020, according to a new analysis from CI Security. In the second half of the year, more than 21.3 million records were breached, an increase of 177% from nearly 7.7 million records breached in the first half of 2020.

The 2020 Healthcare Data Breach Report found that criminals worked all angles of the healthcare system, attacking life science and research labs, rehabilitation facilities, hospital systems, and healthcare organizations.

Hospitals prioritized patient care in the rush to respond to the intense demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes at the expense of cybersecurity, according to the report. The report found that...

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