70% Ransomware Attacks Cause Data Exfiltration; Phishing Top Entry Point

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Ransomware threat actors are increasingly leveraging email phishing as the leading entry point in these destructive attacks, as Coveware analysis shows data exfiltration occurs in 70 percent of all ransomware attacks—a 20 percent increase from Q3 to Q4 2020.

Meanwhile, new data from VMware Carbon Black detected 239.4 million attempted cyberattacks on its healthcare clients throughout 2020. On average, healthcare entities saw 816 attacks per endpoint last year, an incredible 9,851 percent increase from 2019.

From September to October alone, VMware saw an 87 percent spike in attacks per each endpoint.

The reports come on the heels of Emsisoft research, which found 560 healthcare providers reported falling victim to ransomware in 2020.

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