39 Ransomware Groups Targeted Healthcare in the Past 18 Months

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

At least 39 ransomware groups have attacked the healthcare sector across 27 countries in the past 18 months, data from the CyberPeace Institute’s Cyber Incident Tracer revealed. Despite explicitly saying that they would not target healthcare, 12 groups singled out the sector.

Some healthcare organizations may simply be collateral damage, an accompanying blog post explained. Some ransomware operators used vague terms like “medical organizations” when describing which entities were off limits. Others saw pharmaceutical companies as fair game. Half of the 12 ransomware operators targeted hospitals specifically, despite saying that they would not target healthcare.

“According to three ransomware operators, such attacks can...

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