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Cyberattacks Per Healthcare Organization Jumped 37 Percent In The Last 12 Months

Research shows that in Q3 2020, nearly half of all ransomware incidents involved the threat of releasing data stolen from the target organization

Cyberattacks on hospitals and healthcare organizations have emerged as a top hacker trend in 2020, as monthly cyberattacks per healthcare organization jumped 37 percent in the last 12 months, said a report by cybersecurity firm Check Point. In November and December 2020, cyberattacks targeting healthcare organizations globally increased by 45 percent — double the global increase of attacks seen in the same time period across all industry sectors, said the company’s “2021 Security Report.”

Recent Check Point Research from October showed that healthcare is currently the most targeted industry in the US, with a 71 percent increase in attacks compared to September. One of the most prolific cyber threats hospitals and healthcare organizations face is ransomware. Behind ransomware is the hacker technique of what is known as “double-extortion”.

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Here, a cybercriminal launches a multi-stage ransomware attack, combining the traditional encryption of the victim’s files with the exfiltration of data. The attacker then threatens to release the breached data publicly unless the ransom payment is paid within the designated timeframe, Check Point said. This puts additional pressure on victims to meet the attackers’ demands, as well as exposing the victim to penalties from data watchdogs, and the need to alert affected patients and partners whose data was breached.

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Research shows that in Q3 2020, nearly half of all ransomware incidents involved the threat of releasing data stolen from the target organization, Check Point said. On average, a new organization becomes a victim of ransomware every 10 seconds worldwide, it added. (IANS/SP)

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