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Report: How Hackers Attack Healthcare, Compromise Cybersecurity

August 22, 2019 / Samara Rosenfeld

Cyberattacks keep targeting healthcare organizations and health systems. What are executives to do to try to mitigate the damage? Data theft, or stealing or accessing health information, and disruptive and destructive threats, like ransomware and malware, are the two groups of threats facing healthcare organizations, according to a report released by cybersecurity company FireEye. FireEye also identified threat activity by motivation in its report called “Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Healthcare,” including cybercrime, cyber espionage and nation state threats and hacktivism and information operations. Cybercrime is a financially motivated threat that poses a high-frequency and high-impact threat to a healthcare organization. Cybercriminals generally target personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI) and access to critical systems. These threats include credential theft malware distribution, cryptomining, sale of compromised access to...