Ransomware in healthcare: The inevitable truth

MedCity News

Chris Bowen

By the time you complete this article, there will have been about 15 ransomware attacks – almost one every 10 seconds. And our nation’s hospitals are the primary target.

Ransomware attacks against healthcare providers are becoming more prevalent. In fact, one of the largest attacks in US history happened last month, and just this week, a rare tri-agency ransomware high alert was issued by the FBI, HHS, and CISA. There have been credible reports of a Russian-based cyber-crime operation known as Ryuk planning to deploy targeted ransomware at more than 400 healthcare facilities in the US. However, the potential harm to patient care, the operational damage to a Covid-19-strained healthcare system, the loss of...

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