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AHA urges US to take 'fight on terrorism' approach to ransomware

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

The American Hospital Association urged the U.S. government to take the same approach it took when fighting against global terrorism, instead of leaving hospitals to fend for themselves.

In a May 21 news release, the AHA and the FBI warned of consistent disruptive attempts to launch ransomware attacks on hospitals, which could affect the delivery of patient care.

Five details:

The FBI issued a warning regarding Conti ransomware, which has been identified in at least 16 ransomware attacks on healthcare providers and first responders.

The AHA said it is concerned that cyberattacks have the potential to disrupt patient care and safety. The AHA affirms the stance it took in December in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, that ransomware attacks on a hospital cross the line from an "economic crime to a threat-to-life crime."

The AHA commended the government's efforts to share timely and actionable cyberthreat intelligence. Yet, leaving individual hospitals to...

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