Ransomware Attacks On The Healthcare Sector Are Skyrocketing


Lee Mathews

In the spring of last year a number of criminal hacker crews pledged to leave hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare entities alone until the Covid-19 pandemic passed. At least one ransomware gang saw that as an opportunity.

A recent report from Checkpoint Security notes that ransomware attacks against healthcare orgs have jumped about 45% since early November. That followed an alarming 71% spike in October. Checkpoint notes that healthcare entities were actually the number one target of ransomware attacks that month.

The figures from Checkpoint’s analysis are deeply concerning. On average, they report, these businesses and organizations faced an average of 440 attacks per week in October. By November that had climbed to 626 — nearly 90 attacks every...

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