US Ransomware Attacks Doubled in Q3; Healthcare Sector Most Targeted

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The frequency of daily ransomware attacks increased 50 percent during the third quarter of 2020 from the first half of the year, with the US healthcare sector the most targeted globally, according to new research from Check Point. Ransomware attacks on the healthcare sector globally have also doubled.

Check Point researchers analyzed data from its threat intelligence engine ThreatCloud, which pulls data from hundreds of millions of sensors worldwide and supported from AI-based engines and research data. Researchers found the US faced the most attacks in Q3, followed by India, Sri Lanka, Russia, and Turkey. Attacks nearly doubled in the US in the last three months, after a lull in reported events in Q2.

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