Healthcare Cyberattacks Doubled in 2020, with 28% Tied to Ransomware

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Cyberattacks on healthcare more than doubled in 2020, with ransomware accounting for 28 percent of all attacks. COVID-19 response efforts, including personal protective equipment and the vaccine supply chain were the largest focus of these targeted campaigns, according to the latest IBM X-Force report.

Nearly one out of four of overall cyberattacks last year were ransomware, while the increase in data extortion efforts enabled just one of these ransomware hacking groups to make over $123 million in profits in 2020.

The annual report is generated through insights and observations from monitoring more than 150 billion security events per day in more than 130 countries. Researchers also gathered...

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