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They Want to Hold You Ransom

June 15, 2016

Ransomware, a type of malware, restricts access to infected computer systems and demands payment to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Unfortunately, hospitals are often targeted for this type of extortion because they rely on up-to-date information from patient records to provide critical care.

Without quick access to drug histories, lab results, patient directives and other health data, care can become delayed or halted, resulting in patient dissatisfaction, death and lawsuits. Thus, hospitals are more likely to pay the ransom rather than risk potential delays. The payoff for hackers can be huge. In 2014, the FBI estimated the cyber criminals behind the CryptoLocker strain of ransomware stole approximately $27 million, in just six months, from people and organizations whose data they took hostage.

Read the entire article from the Maryland Association of Health Care Executives. 

Thomas Housman, Senior Subject Matter Expert, General Dynamics Health Solutions

By combining security awareness training and technology, organizations can better protect their systems from malicious attacks."

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