Hospitals Face Wave of Cyberattacks Trying to Crash Websites

The healthcare industry has been one of the most targeted industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. With cybercriminals trying to steal COVID vaccine-related information or disrupt hospital operations in the hope of receiving a quick ransom payment. The healthcare industry currently has the largest number of cybersecurity openings of any other industry.

Researchers have said that hospitals dealing with many COVID-19 patients have had a giant increase in DDoS attacks. DDoS attacks, or Distributed Denial of Service attacks, are when cybercriminals attempt to overwhelm and crash websites by flooding the server with millions of rogue requests. These attacks can crash systems for hours or even days and are used in blackmail schemes or distraction methods.

This specific cyberattack on these hospitals came from over 300,000 different IP addresses. The attacks took place on hospitals in the US, Germany, Canada, and the UK.

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