Biden administration, Congress launching efforts to confront ransomware attacks on hospitals

Becker's Healthcare

Hannah Mitchell

The Biden administration and Congress are gearing up to confront ransomware attacks on hospitals as the federal government increases its involvement in cybersecurity, according to a May 5 report by The Hill.

“The threat is real. The threat is upon us. The risk is to all of us,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said at a virtual conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Eight things to know:

The Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Capitol Hill are all part of the efforts to tame ransomware attacks, which have spiked since the start of the pandemic.
More than $350 million in victim funds have been paid as a result of ransomware in the past...

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