Open Ports, Phishing Key Targets in Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

Jessica Davis

Corvus finds ransomware attacks on healthcare have persisted at the same levels seen during the last quarter of 2019, with hackers primarily exploiting open ports and phishing to gain footholds.

The rate of ransomware attacks reached its highest levels in 2019, with the first quarter of 2020 expected to surpass those numbers across all sectors, according to Corvus. And on healthcare entities, hackers are leveraging two key vectors: phishing emails and open ports, where the organization’s IT infrastructure connects to the internet.

However, despite its overall attack surface, the successful, reported ransomware incidents on healthcare entities remained flat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings uphold earlier Emsisoft research that showed the success of ransomware has...

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