Hackers Hike Attacks On Hospitals Amid Pandemic


A national survey has found more than 80 percent of medical practices have been the victims of cyberattacks, USA Today reported.

More than half of the hospital and medical facilities reported patient safety concerns from the data breaches, and 20 percent said that their business had been interrupted for more than five hours, the survey said, according to USA Today.

“That can be the difference between life and death,” Wendi Whitmore, vice president of IBM X-Force, a New York-based commercial security research team, told the newspaper.

IBM reported there was a 6,000 percent increase in spam attacks on IT systems from March through April as the pandemic unfolded, many of them at healthcare facilities.

For example, the amount of attempted hacking...

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