Ransomware Cyber Attacks Target Hospitals

Germany is among the countries reporting ransomware attacks this year on its hospitals, where hackers lock up organizational data by encrypting it and demanding payment.

Germany is among the countries reporting ransomware attacks this year on its hospitals, where hackers lock up organizational data by encrypting it and demanding payment. Lukas Hospital, in Neuss, Germany, reportedly knew it was in trouble when its systems began slowing down and pop-up windows began peppering computer screens. “We then pulled the plug on everything,” said spokesperson Dr. Andreas Kremer in reports. “Computers, servers, even the email server, and we went offline.” At least two other German hospitals reportedly came under attack, and at least one of the hospitals, the hacking forced the rescheduling of high-risk surgeries. James Scott, a senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, in Washington, D.C., says the problem is endemic among healthcare organizations. “Hospitals and the health sector as a whole have had pretty lackadaisical cyber security hygiene,” he told fusion.net. —LB

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