Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year, says BakerHostetler

Healthcare IT News

Kat Jercich

The latest edition of the annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report found that ransomware in 2020 continued to be a threat – and that many cases resulted in lawsuits.

Healthcare was one of the industries most affected by tracked ransomware incidents, second only to education. And for organizations covered by the report, the average initial ransomware demand was a whopping $4,583,090.

"Ransomware matters surged in 2019, with the primary tactic being to encrypt as many devices in the network as possible simultaneously. Then the Maze group changed tactics in late 2019 – it began stealing data before encrypting data," read the report.

The report continued: "This gave the group...

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