Hospitals hit with ransomware attacks as FBI warns of escalating threat to healthcare

Fierce Health

Heather Landi

Federal agencies warn that cybercriminals are escalating their extortion attempts against the healthcare sector even as hospitals are facing a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.

Several U.S. hospitals have already been targeted in ransomware attacks this week

So far, St. Lawrence Health Systems in New York and the Sky Lakes Medical Center in Oregon have been targeted over the past few days, according to confirmed reports by CNN.

In a joint alert issued Wednesday evening, the FBI and two federal agencies warned they have "credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers."

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the FBI issued...

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