The Hacking Of Hospitals Highlights Ransomware

The Hacking Of Hospitals Highlights Ransomware

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The number of ransomware attacks on healthcare organisations is increasing significantly and more needs to be done to up-date and continually improve their cyber security.

Ransomware hacks, in which attackers encrypt computer networks and demand payment to make them functional again, have been a growing concern for both the private and public sector since the 90s. But they can be particularly devastating in the healthcare industry, where even minutes of down time can have deadly consequences and have become ominously frequent.

The number of ransomware attacks on healthcare organisations increased 94% from 2021 to 2022, according to a report from the cyber security firm Sophos and two-thirds (66%) of healthcare organisations were hit by ransomware attacks last year, up from 34% in 2020.

More than two-thirds of healthcare organisations in the US said they had experienced a ransomware attack in 2021, the study said, up from 34% in 2020.

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