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April 16, 2020

Health Law Daily

Providers Reportedly Face Uptick In Cyberattacks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

  • April 16, 2020

In an analysis piece, the Washington Post (4/15, Marks, Riley) reports that there has been an uptick in cyberattacks against hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic, including “ransomware attacks that aim to shut down entire hospitals until they pay a fee that can cost millions of dollars.” Cyberattacks “shut down computers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois for three days in March and forced the district to shell out $300,000 in ransom, as reported by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline service,” while “another attack shut down computers at a university hospital in the Czech Republic, which was forced to turn away patients.”