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Hospitals Are the Perfect Targets for Cyber Attacks

When a cyber attack occur in a hospital, surgeries and patient critical care get delayed or halted. This makes hospitals more likely to pay a ransom rather than putting lives at risk.

The Covid-19 health crisis has seen healthcare organizations and hospitals on the front line like never before in terms of their exposure to cyber attacks.

In September, a cyberattack against more than 250 hospitals across the US has forced staff to cancel surgeries and work with pen and paper.

This year, healthcare facilities have also been cyber attacked in France, Czech Republic, China, Nicaragua...

The impact of cyberattacks on hospitals:

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The impact of cyberattacks on hospitals:

$ 59,000

Average Ransomware

10 Days

Average downtime of systems

$ 1,400,000

Average recovery costs from cyberattack

$ 6,500,000

Average recovery costs from ransom-ware attack

Data from Health IT Security, RiskIQ and TechRepublic, 

A study from the Health Services Research found that hospitals that experienced a data breach took 2.7 minutes longer to give patients an ECG in years following a data breach, leading to an additional 36 deaths per 10,000 heart attacks.

What is "double extortion"? 

The Maze Ransomware group is said to have pioneered this digital extortion tactic as they were the first to host a dedicated webpage to leak stolen data of victim organizations unwilling to pay the ransom.

Also called "Ransomware 2.0", it differs from traditional ransomware attacks in that it does not only encrypt a victim’s data and requests a ransom (often in the form of crypto currency) in return for a decryption key BUT it also exfiltrates/steals the data prior to its encryption and threatens to leak it online. 

While numerous ransomware gangs have claimed not to attack healthcare organizations, the data of more and more healthcare organizations can be found on their dedicated dark web dumpsites.

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