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US Hospitals under attack

Speaking of data protection, a security blocking and tackling.

The Washington Post is reporting quote “Russian-speaking cybercriminals in recent days have launched a coordinated attack targeting U.S. hospitals already stressed by the coronavirus pandemic with ransomware that analysts worry could lead to fatalities.

In the space of 24 hours beginning Monday, six hospitals from California to New York have been hit by the Ryuk ransomware, which encrypts data on computer systems, forcing the hospitals in some cases to disrupt patient care and cancel noncritical surgeries, analysts said.

The criminals have demanded a ransom ranging upward of $1 million to unlock the system, and some hospitals have paid, they said.

Why do we care?

One more beat on the drum of crisis.     Today, I’m not sure I have anything more to say, which leads to a question.

Will the beat become background noise or escalate to drive action?   I’m inclined to believe action, because as we saw recently in Germany, if people die, I believe either politicians… or insurance companies… will be stepping in.  Or both.

Source: The Washington Post