Ransomware can have a devastating effect on any job. But in the case of hospitals, which are a common target for cybercriminals, it can be fatal and may affect patients' health and longevity.
A new report from the Ponemon Institute think tank, sponsored by cybersecurity firm Censinet, shows that ransomware is hitting hospitals with many suffering.
This report examined 597 IT and IT professionals in Healthcare Providers (HDOs). In the past two years, 43% said they had been affected by a ransomware attack. Among the respondents, 67% said their organization had experienced one attack, while 33% said they had experienced two or more attacks.
Ransomware can have a huge impact on patients in these hospitals. The most common finding, reported by 71 survey participants, was an increase in the length of their stay. This was accompanied by delays in steps and experiments, which led to poor results (70). They were responsible for the increased side effects of medical procedures.
The most worrying impact that ransomware can have on hospitals is the death of patients. Of those surveyed, 22 percent said it led to an increase in the death rate. ZDNet reported that police investigated the death of a patient as a result of a ransomware attack on a hospital in Germany - they died while being transported elsewhere - but officials concluded that the patient's ill health meant there was still a chance he could die. “Our findings are with increased cyber attacks, especially ransomware, with negative impacts on patient care, with COVID impacting providers,” said Larry Ponemon, president and founder of the Ponemon Institute. p>
We've looted many hospitals and health care centers over the years, and the FBI warned in 2020 that it expects a crackdown that used additional pressure from institutions to use Covid-19. Showing how common it is, ransom hospitals have also been featured as part of DLC Watch Dogs 2.
Hospital ransomware attacks affect patients with longer shelf life, delayed testing, and increased mortality