‘Hospitals are increasingly targeted ransomware attacks’
Hospitals and other companies in the health sector are increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks.
That is a report of cyberveiligheidsfirma McAfee Labs (pdf). Companies in the health sector rely often on outdated equipment with outdated security. That makes them a target for cyber criminals.
“For criminals, hospitals are attractive targets because they are often a combination of a relatively weak security, complex environments, and an urgent need for data access, in situations where it is sometimes about life or death,” says Wim van Campen of Intel Security, which McAfee Labs.
One of the ransomware-networks McAfee looked at, made in the first half of 2016, with more than 121 million dollar booty. The criminals have won, thus a profit of less than 94 million dollars.
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