It’s become clear that the ransomware attacks on hospitals are increasing in scale and sophistication and becoming a serious threat to patient lives and health.

In 2016, a California hospital became the first to pay a $17,000 ransom to cyber criminals who held its medical records and crucial computer systems ‘hostage’ for over 10 days. Just this year, a worldwide attack using sophisticated cyberwarfare tools stolen from the National Security Agency hit more than 40 hospital systems across the UK and US, causing widespread disruption. Even medical devices, including vital radiology equipment used in MRI scanners, have been infected by ransomware.

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