The Data Blog
Jefferson Health recently reported their cloud-based database was hacked and data belonging to 1,769 patients treated at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center was compromised as a result. This attack occurred back in April of 2021, but was reported both publicly and to the federal government for the first time Thursday, July 22nd at the end of the 60-day legal window for reporting cyber attacks.
Cyber attacks in general have been on the rise ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, however ransomware attacks and hackings against health facilities in the United States have soared to 153% from the year prior, and these are just those which have been reported.
Additionally, Jefferson Health was not the only healthcare facility breached by the data attack; reports suggest Yale New Haven Health System and many other affiliated Elekta healthcare organizations were breached, with intent seemingly related to stealing data related to Cancer patients.
With cyber attacks on the rise across all industries, especially healthcare, it's easy to tell that nobody is safe from malicious ransomware attacks. Companies worldwide are in constant demand for cybersecurity maintenance but it seems like the supply isn't getting any larger.
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Earlier this week, a hacker gang behind an international crime spree claimed to have locked over a million individual mobile devices and made a demand of $70 million in bitcoin to unlock them. REvil, a Russia-connected cyberterrorist group has previously hacked JBS cyber operations and have since compromised Kaseya and Coop, two international giants, as well as have claimed to have attacked 1,000 individual small businesses as well.
Global ransomware attacks have been increasing steadily over the last few years, and while cyber defenses are continuing to improve, there's no telling who will be targeted next, and what it will cost your company if you are hacked. Money, assets, customers, and all kinds of personal data are at risk every day, and as the July 4th weekend proved, the threat is imminent.
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