Cyberattacks on Health Care Are Rising–But Many Hospitals Aren’t Prepared

September 13, 2021

(Discover) – While cyberattacks on medical providers began cropping up around the early 2000s, the field’s ransomware breaches nearly double in 2020. In perhaps the most highly publicized example, the 2017 WannaCry ransomware hack on the U.K.’s National Health Service affected over 80,000 hospitals, forced surgery cancellations and shuttered certain emergency departments. Last year, over a third of health care organizations said they had encountered ransomware, according to a survey by Sophos, a British cybersecurity company. And perpetrators’ financial demands are sharply rising: In one of the most striking examples, Ireland’s health service was hit with a nearly $20 million ransom this past May (which officials vowed not to pay). (Read Full Article)