Becker's Healthcare June 13, 2024
Naomi Diaz

Following Change Healthcare’s admission that it paid off hackers after its ransomware attack, there has been a spike in healthcare-related cyber incidents, Wired reported June 12.

In April, cybersecurity firm Recorded Future identified 44 instances of cybercriminal groups targeting healthcare organizations with ransomware attacks. These attacks involved stealing data, encrypting systems and demanding ransom payments while holding networks hostage. This marks the highest number of healthcare ransomware victims recorded in a single month during Recorded Future’s four years of data collection, Allan Liska, a threat intelligence analyst at the company told Wired.

Mr. Liska said that while the exact cause of the increase is uncertain, it is unlikely to be a coincidence that it followed UnitedHealth, the parent company of...

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