LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Cybercriminals are wreaking havoc on America’s infrastructure, including a recent attack on the nation’s fourth-largest healthcare provider.
The age of digital data has made large corporations and businesses more vulnerable to online hacking of their private information. The American Association of Medical Colleges reports that 600 US hospitals were attacked in 2020 alone.
The October ransomware attack on the parent company of CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, CommonSpirit, could be the largest medical cyberattack in US history.
According to data released by the Treasury Department, banks spent more than $1 billion on ransomware-related payments last year. That’s more than double from 2020 and the highest ever reported.
“I don’t want anyone to have my social security number,” said Alex Risen, marketing and communications manager for PhishingBox. “I don’t want anyone to have access to the amount I paid for something. My patient, in the health sector, my patient records. Someone with access to this information would be quite intimate and aware of what is going on in my life.
These Trojans are increasingly difficult to spot and prevent.
“Phishing scams today are more of a social engineering thing, they’re really sophisticated and more and more are getting through our IT security firewalls because more and more people just don’t things the same way they did before,” Risen said.
Cyber experts say that no industry is immune to these types of attacks, including city government, manufacturing, education, or even healthcare systems. However, every consumer and employee can do their part to pause, question, check and recheck before clicking on a link or sharing access.
We have again reached out to CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital and its parent company, CommonSpirit, for an update on the attack, but have yet to hear back. The last information provided was almost two weeks ago, on October 19.
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