In Healthcare, Ransomware Hitting Diverse Targets

Healthcare Info Security

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Several recent ransomware attacks in the healthcare sector – including those targeting a Navajo Nation hospital, an Arizona-based eye care practice and a Virginia-based health plan - illustrate that the victims are diverse.

"I predict that the ransomware problem is going to get worse long before it gets better," says retired supervisory FBI agent Jason G. Weiss, an attorney at law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

"Ransomware gangs are making millions of dollars exploiting these types of cyberattacks against unprepared victims. Healthcare entities are clearly the main target of these attacks because their data is not only critical, and therefore valuable, but healthcare facilities deal with life-and-death matters every day, and they have to do everything they can to get their systems back up or patients could literally die. Unless and until healthcare facilities can...

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