Millions of Individuals Fall Victim to Cyberattacks on Healthcare Institutions

In light of covid-19, the healthcare industry is more important now more than ever, which makes it a larger target for cybercriminals. Across the country institutions have fallen victim to ransomware and phishing attacks that have exposed private patient data and business networks. Below is an overview of the range of impact these attacks have on organizations:

  • Assured Imaging, based in Arizona, experienced a ransomware attack in May exposing the information of 244,813 patients.
  • 708,690 patients were victims when Blackbaud also had a ransomware attack. Investigators were never able to identify what information was actually stolen from the healthcare business.
  • In Maine, The Northern Light Health Foundation had over half a million donors’ and patients’ data stolen through a ransomware hack.
  • 139,114 patients were impacted through a phishing attack against Imperium Health after a few employees clicked on malicious email links. It’s possible that highly confidential information like Social Security numbers were compromised during the attack.

With cybercriminal activity on the rise, it’s imperative that your institution is secure against attackers. Discover more healthcare institutions that have been affected by cyberattacks this year here.
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Written by Gillian Sweny

Gillian is Director of Marketing at AgileBlue with over 13 years of experience in the marketing industry. Gillian resides in Cleveland, OH with her husband and 3-year-old son.

September 14, 2020

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