FBI IC3: Healthcare Sector Faced Most Ransomware Attacks Last Year

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Of all critical infrastructure sectors, the healthcare sector faced the most ransomware attacks in 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2021 Internet Crime Report revealed. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) also observed a 7 percent increase in total internet crime complaints in 2021 compared to 2020.

Phishing scams, non-payment or non-delivery scams, and personal data breaches were the most reported cybercrimes in 2021, the report continued. The victims tracked by the IC3 in 2021 lost over $6.9 billion in total, thanks to a multitude of cyber threats. Many of those cyber threats hid in plain sight, disguising themselves as legitimate investment opportunities, tech support, and real estate prospects.

The IC3 received 148 complaints...

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