Healthcare Targeted By More Attacks But Less Sophistication

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Robert Lemos

Healthcare organizations are experiencing an increase in probes and fraud attempts against their businesses and suppliers, but the attacks appear not to be very sophisticated, security experts said this week.

Organizations, for example, saw a 30% increase last month in the number of COVID-19-themed phishing sites and lures, but they have not seen a commensurate increase in the number of successful breaches, according to the Healthcare Information Sharing and Analysis Center (H-ISAC). The mix of more but less sophisticated attacks has led to a greater number of investigations – yet about the same number of breaches, says Michael Hamilton, chief information security officer at cybersecurity-response firm CI Security. Half of the company's client base is made up of healthcare firms, he says.

"The downturn in the global economy has likely led some people into cybercrime, so it's not surprising that we are seeing more attacks but not necessarily by...

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