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As a result, German authorities said, a woman in a life-threatening condition was sent to a hospital 20 miles away in Wuppertal and died from treatment delays. The attack is the first reported death from a cyberattack. Hospitals have been a frequent target for cybercriminals, particularly ransomware attacks, because the need to access health records and computer systems creates urgency that increases the likelihood that victims will pay their extortionists.
The WannaCry attacks were eventually mitigated by a hacker who found a way to neutralize the attacks, but much of the data seized in NotPetya was never recovered.
No deaths were reported from either attack, but security experts said it was only a matter of time. Ransomware has become a scourge in the United States, and hospitals are among the softest targets. InAmerican health care providers — a record — were hit by ransomware. Emergency patients were turned away from hospitals, medical records were inaccessible and in some cases permanently lost, surgical procedures were canceled, tests postponed and services interrupted.
But little has been done to deter the attacks and the responses of targeted institutions are often shrouded in secrecy.
Despite F. An increasing of victims are choosing to pay, as many as three of four, according to one recent survey of senior executives conducted by Infrascale, a security company. The payouts have emboldened cybercriminals, who have been upping their ransom demands by millions of dollars in recent years. While there was a slight dip in attacks in the first six months ofamid the pandemic, the onslaught has d pace.
Just last week, the University Hospital in New Jersey was hit with ransomware, and subsequently saw patient medical records published on the internet.
According to Emsisoft, nearly 10 percent of ransomware victims now see their data leaked online, a jarring development for hospitals, who are legally responsible for protecting medical data. The ransom note was addressed to Heinrich Heine University, which is affiliated with the hospital, not to the hospital itself. Attackers stopped the attack and turned over the encryption key to unlock the data — a development that also appears to be the first of its kind — before dropping correspondence. German prosecutors are now investigating possible manslaughter charges against the cybercriminals.
But it is highly unlikely arrests will be made. The vast majority of ransomware outfits are based in Russia, where authorities have protected hackers from extradition. To date, Russian hackers have only been arrested while traveling abroad. Ina Russian cybercriminal was arrested while vacationing in Prague on charges he hacked LinkedIn, the social network, and other American companies. And inAmerican Secret Service agents coordinated with authorities in the Maldives to extradite a Russian cybercriminal to Guam.
The hacker was later found guilty on 38 counts of hacking U. Because the hospital failed to update its software, cybercriminals were able to use the flaw to break in and encrypt data. On Friday, cybersecurity experts said they hoped the death from the ransomware attack would be a wake-up call to regulators and IT administrators that more needs to be done to prevent and deter the attacks.American woman seeking Wuppertal man
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