Could patients be at risk during a hospital cyberattack? It depends how far hackers are willing to go, expert says
Hospitals are facing a new wave of ransomware attacks even as they also struggle to confront a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.
In one recent incident, a cyberattack is believed to have contributed to the death of a patient. In September, a woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, according to media reports.
German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the AP reported.
Could this signal an alarming trend with cyberattacks?