Ransomware has been in the news lately as a string of attacks has hit healthcare systems in at least four states. Is it coincidence that these attacks hit when healthcare systems are already under extraordinary strain due to the COVID pandemic? Probably not. The criminals who coordinate these attacks take advantage of vulnerable organizations and populations.
Medical organizations are especially vulnerable because they simply can’t afford for their patient files to be compromised when lives are at stake.
Other factors that make a target attractive are:
- Organizations that routinely store sensitive data, like law firms
- Universities, due to the sheer amount of file sharing and traditionally small IT support departments
- Retailers, or any company with customer credit card data
- But, really, any company with confidential personal or financial data!
And, although many attacks are targeted, some simply spread via the internet.
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