Medical device recalls reached record highs in the first three months of 2018 thanks to software complications that are likely to continue with the proliferation of high-tech devices.
For the second consecutive year, healthcare was the sector hardest hit by cyberattacks, according to Cylance’s 2017 Threat Report released May 1. In its report, Cylance — a cybersecurity firm that uses artificial intelligence to protect against threats — reviewed attacks that affected its global customer base, which spans multiple industry sectors, in 2017.
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A new report says that the Orangeworm cadre is taking aim at the medical sector in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The attackers are using the Kwampirs backdoor – technically installing Trojan.Kwampirs inside the computer networks of targeted organizations.
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The date was Friday, May 12, 2017, the first of four days that saw more than 300,000 computers worldwide infected by the WannaCry Ransomware attack. “Because of our position [healthcare] and because of the way we have elaborated our infrastructure not to keep up with sectors like banking, we have become targets, accidental targets,” Kristopher Kusche, vice president and chief information security officer at AMC, told a group of onlookers at HIMSS 2018. Health care accounted for 28 percent of all breaches in 2017; more than any sector, with 374 reported in total, and an impact on more than 5.1 million patient records.