Pharmacy, Hospital Phishing Attacks Spike 189% Amid Vaccine Rollout

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The number of phishing attacks targeting pharmacies and hospitals increased by 189 percent from December 2020 to February. These often large-scale campaigns correlated to hackers attempting to capitalize on the vaccine rollout, according to a new report from PaloAlto Unit42.

During that same time period, researchers observed a whopping 530 percent increase in vaccine-related phishing attacks. Microsoft was the brand most targeted by attackers, with researchers observing fake Microsoft pages set up by attackers to steal credentials.

In these attacks, threat actors set up fake websites that claim to represent pharma companies, such as Pfizer and BioNTech. Users are then asked to...

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