U.S. Hospitals Turning Away Patients and Canceling Surgeries Due to Ransomware Attacks

Activist Post – by BN Frank

Being targeted by cybercriminals is no laughing matter – especially for health care facilities.  Non-payment of ransomware puts lives at immediate risk.

Thanks to Threatpost for providing details about recently targeted hospitals, as well as plans being discussed to reduce risks: 

Ransomware overall continues to be a concern for governments worldwide: The U.S. Senate this week in fact approved new legislation aimed at helping government agencies and private-sector companies combat ransomware attacks. The legislation comes as local governments and schools continue to be hit by sophisticated – and in some cases coordinated – ransomware attacks.

The proposed law, the “DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act,” authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to invest in and develop “incident response teams” to help organizations battle ransomware attacks.  Part of that means that the DHS would create teams to protect state and local entities from cyber threats and restore infrastructure that has been affected by ransomware attacks.

For many years, security experts have been warning about the vulnerability of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.  IoT already has a 74% failure rate.  This hasn’t stopped the U.S. and other countries from forcing its installation (see 12).  Cybercriminals must be pleased as punch.

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