The mounting death toll of hospital cyberattacks

Cyberattacks are getting deadlier — and hospitals on the frontline are straining under increasing attacks.

As the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world over the past three years, cybercriminals took advantage of the chaotic situation and repeatedly shut down hospitals’ networks at a time when they were least able to respond. That has meant curtailed emergency services, canceled operations and more deaths.

A 2021 study from Proofpoint and the Ponemon Institute, which surveyed more than 600 health care facilities, found that mortality rates increased at a quarter of the facilities following a ransomware attack.

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Source: Politico