Ransomware has emerged as one of the largest concerns for healthcare organizations this year. An increasing number of incidents this year show that hackers are particularly targeting the healthcare sector, because of porous defenses and an apparent willingness to get critical systems up and running as quickly as possible.

There are many variants of ransomware, but all have the same modus operandi—they’ll prevent you from using your PC normally, and they all will ask you to do something before you can use your PC again. It’s a class of malware that holds a computer "hostage" until the user pays a particular amount or abides by specific instructions. Cybercriminals use online payment methods such as Ukash, PaySafeCard, MoneyPAK or Bitcoin as a way for users to pay the ransom.

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