6 things to know about 'killware,' cybersecurity's next big threat

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Some hackers are adopting a “killware” cyber model, which launches attacks on critical infrastructure with the intent to harm Americans, USA Today reported Oct. 11.

Six things to know:

1. Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary for Homeland Security, told USA Today he is worried about killware because it has the potential to kill Americans.

2. Hackers breached a water system in February that was considered an unsuccessful attempt to distribute contaminated water to residents in Florida. "[The] attack was not for financial gain but rather purely to do harm,” he said.

3. The attack "should have gripped our entire country,” Mr. Mayorkas said, according to USA Today.

4. Mr. Mayorkas said...

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