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5 ways U.S. hospitals can protect against ‘imminent’ ransomware threat

MedCity News

Anuja Vaidya

The FBI, along with two other federal agencies, released a joint advisory warning that the U.S. healthcare system is the target of a concerted ransomware attack. Cybersecurity experts are urging healthcare organizations to shore up their IT networks and remain vigilant.

At a time that health systems are already burdened by a once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis, they have to take on another challenge: malware.

Three federal agencies released a joint notice on Wednesday warning of a credible cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. Cybercriminals are increasingly using ransomware to hobble hospital IT systems for financial gain, which is especially worrying amid rising Covid-19 cases.

The advisory, released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation...

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