Our nation’s infrastructure is under an emerging new threat: ransomware attacks. These attacks can cause anything from individual laptops, to entire cities to shut down for a period of time until the victim pays a ransom to the attacker. Unfortunately, these attacks are on the rise and the attackers have a new target: hospitals. Ransomware attacks on hospitals can temporarily shut down operating room technology and limit physician access to patient files, ultimately threatening the safety of hospital patients and the surrounding community. This paper examines how the threat of ransomware attacks on hospitals is on the rise and what actions the U.S. can take to prevent future attacks on a critical component of the nation’s infrastructure.
The Survival of Critical Infrastructure: How Do We Stop Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals?,
Cath. U. J. L. & Tech
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