German authorities are investigating the death of a patient following a ransomware attack on a hospital in Dusseldorf, as reported by ZDNet.
This marks the first-ever reported human death indirectly caused by a ransomware attack, and if the attack and hospital downtime are found to have been directly at fault for the woman’s death, German police said they plan to turn the investigation into a murder case.
Why do we care?
This is a tragic milestone.
Contextually, this moves ransomware from just business damage to human damage, and its reasonable to believe this is not the last. I’m somewhat surprised it has taken this long.
Society isn’t going to tolerate this – and as we saw in the headline story today, society’s honeymoon with tech is over and the backlash is here.
For those who think MSP regulation isn’t coming, I add this to my ever growing list of reasons why society isn’t going to tolerate the current state of free-for-all. My prediction – smart solution providers, hit my raising insurance rates, create those state associations that hold a level of standards for their businesses in exchange for better rates, and those associations push to become the governmental standard.
Now the question is… do you want to be one of those benefiting and leading, or do you want to wait for it to happen to you?