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Risk to patient safety from cyberattacks critical, even as specifics about direct links remain elusive

SC Media, September 9, 2021

Critical attacks against health care thrived in the last year. Now, as patient volumes continue to surge in some parts of the country, safety concerns grow increasingly dire.

And yet, say experts, specific data that clearly demonstrates the impact of cyberattacks on patient care remains elusive. This reality, in fact, further complicates an already complex effort among health care providers to establish technology plans and processes that put patient safety and care first.

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Listen: How ransomware put the health sector on notice

SC Media, September 8, 2021

Ransomware is not new in a sense that malware can encrypt files and do bad things, said Eric Decker, a chief information security officer in the health care industry. But around 2015 or 2016, he said organized crime began to leverage it as a tool in far more disruptive and destructive ways.

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Why ransomware attacks in healthcare remain a problem – and how to stop them

SC Media, September 8, 2021

If data has value, then electronic health records are a treasure trove. Today’s emboldened and ever-more-sophisticated cyber criminals know this. With many healthcare organizations again stretched thin to address raising COVID-19 case counts, there’s little doubt that we will see a steady drumbeat of new ransomware attacks, building on the record number so far this year.

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The Ideal Ransomware Victim: What Attackers Are Looking For

KELA, September 6, 2021

In July 2021, KELA observed threat actors creating multiple threads where they claimed they are ready to buy accesses and described their conditions. Some of them appear to use access for deploying info-stealing malware and carrying out other malicious activities. Others aim to plant ransomware and steal data.

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How ransomware runs the underground economy

CSO, August 31, 2021

Ransomware gangs are adopting all the core elements of legitimate businesses—including defined staff roles, marketing plans, partner ecosystems, and even venture capital investments—and some hallmarks of more traditional criminal enterprises.

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