Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and hackers are getting better
Four hospitals recently were hit with ransomware attacks, in which hackers seize control of a computer system and demand money for its release. One of the hospitals paid the ransom.
- Ransomware attacks are increasing.
- Hackers are becoming more proficient, and hospital IT programs are not keeping up.
- Authorities Discourage Victims From Paying The Ransom.
On the heels of four incidents in which hospitals were hit with ransomware attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre jointly released an alert that warns about several prominent ransomware variants that have emerged over the past few years, including Symantec, Xorist, CtyptorBit, CryptoLocker, Samas, and Locky.
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