Doctor Annalisa Silvestri during COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. The pandemic contributed to factors influencing attackers to target hospitals. (Alberto Giuliani/CC BY-SA 4.0)

A wave of ransomware attacks against hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom late last year shocked the conscious of many cybersecurity professionals. Things have only gotten worse for the health care industry since then.

In the two months following the ransomware hits, digital attacks against health care organizations around the world have spiked further, increasing 45%, according to new research from Check Point. That rise was significantly higher than other industries and coincides with a winter season when many western countries are dealing with overwhelmed hospitals and substantial increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

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