Cyberattacks against health care facilities and public health researchers have nearly doubled amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data. The statistics provided to Digital Trends by cybersecurity firm Infosec and compiled from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show there have been 127 breaches of U.S. hospitals and health care systems from February 1 through May 18 in 2020. That's a nearly 50% increase from the 66 breaches during the same span of time in 2019. The cybersecurity firm Bitdefender also noted a 60% increase in breaches from February to March of this year. The Red Cross says it has seen an increase in cyberattacks on health care facilities and hospitals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross released an open letter yesterday , first reported by Reuters , that was signed by 48 politicians and dignitaries from around the world calling for governments to protect health care systems and hospitals from attacks. "Over the past two months there has been one attack every three days on healthcare entities," said Stéphane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer of the CyberPeace Institute, in a statement to Digital Trends. CyberPeace released the letter jointly with the Red Cross…. Read full this story
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