By: Drusti Gandhi
Cyber extortion, specifically attacks on healthcare organizations, has been on the rise; with no evidence of stopping. Cyber Extortion comes in many ways ranging from ransomware to denial of service and distributed denial of service. Ransomware attack involves encrypting data, blocking the healthcare provider from accessing it, and threatening to publish it unless the attackers are paid. Meanwhile, denial of service and distributed denial of service attack involves continuous assault on the computer system with emails and other traffic, which results in shutting the system down. Attackers then demand money to stop the attack. With the new technological advances in the healthcare, patient’s information is not the only vulnerable target. Wearable health technology and surgical robots in some areas can also become potential targets, which can lead to physical injury or even death.
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