By Joseph Marks
A medical staffer wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) looks at a patient scan on a computer.
Hospitals that are already pushed to their limit dealing with a patient surge from the novel
Among the most damaging are
Such attacks shut down computers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois for three days in March and forced the district to shell out $300,000 in ransom, as reported by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline service. Another attack shut down computers at a university hospital in the Czech Republic, which was forced to turn away patients.
The attacks have prompted stark warnings to hospitals from the Department of Homeland Security and from Interpol, which warned of a “significant increase” in
The attacks are part of a surge in hacks and scams prompted by the
“People are stressed, and it might short-circuit the logic in their brain that says I shouldn’t click that,” she said.
Miller-Osborn’s group found hackers trying to lock up computers at a Canadian government health organization and a Canadian medical research university by posing as officials from the World Health Organization in a report out yesterday. The group also logged attempted digital attacks against medical research facilities in Canada and Japan, but it didn’t name any of the victims.
Even before the pandemic struck, hospitals and
“Hospitals are not necessarily more susceptible to
About 70 percent of
And the increased danger during the pandemic isn't likely to deter attackers, Miller-Osborn said.
“Before these groups were launching corporate attacks, most of them were targeting vulnerable people, stealing the life savings of old people, so targeting corporations is no problem at all,” she said. “We expect these
One piece of good news came yesterday when Microsoft announced it will offer hospitals free access to an advanced security system called
It's the same protection Microsoft offered free to political campaigns, members of Congress and democracy-promoting nonprofit groups that are targeted by sophisticated hacking groups from Russia and elsewhere.
Yesterday’s announcement offers the protection to hospitals, clinics and medical labs as well as pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical device companies that are researching, developing or manufacturing
“Every patient deserves the best possible
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PINGED, PATCHED, PWNED
The concern is an unintended consequence of Trump administration rules barring U.S.
Last month a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation aimed at strengthening U.S.
Apple generates data on how many people are moving
But it's unclear whether enough Americans would opt in to make such efforts a success, my colleague Cat Zakrzewski reported. And experts tell The Cybersecurity 202 they worry any surveillance programs launched during the pandemic may be
Travelers wearing protective masks sit in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport.
“We must reform our
THE NEW WILD WEST—
- The Open Technology Institute will host an online event on work-from-home digital security on April 21 at 11:00am.