Are healthcare hackers getting bolder?

Yes, hackers are getting bolder and more sophisticated.

A Kansas hospital was attacked with ransomware. After the hospital paid the demanded ransom, the attackers then demanded a second ransom to decrypt data.

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Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita is the second hospital to publicly state that it paid ransom to hackers, however it has not released how much money the hackers were paid.

The hospital did not pay the second demand and some of the hospital’s data remains locked.

The attackers are believed to be offshore.

This attack shows the continuously growing problem of ransomware in healthcare. Patient data continues to be valuable and hackers are getting more creative and more bold in their attempts to secure PHI.

Kansas Heart was aware of a looming threat and had a plan in place. However, the ransom attack was more than they bargained for.

We help our clients put their risk assessments into practice and prepare for ransomware threats.

Ransomware attackers are getting more sophisticated. Healthcare organizations need increase their security measures.

Banking and retail are strides ahead of healthcare in protecting data and information technology. This is a growing problem, given the lucrative nature of healthcare information.

It is essential to protect your practice as much as possible with a thorough risk assessment and tailored measures. However, it is clear the industry as a whole needs to take breaches and threats more seriously.

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