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Why are healthcare cyberattacks surging amid Covid-19

As the global healthcare sector battles the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the number of cyberattacks targeting it has surged. In March, the Czech Republic hospital responsible for running most of the country’s Covid-19 testing, Brno University Hospital, was held to ransom and forced to shut down its IT Network.

Just days later, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was the victim of a foiled distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that it was experiencing double the usual number of cyberattacks against its systems, including hackers running malicious sites impersonating the WHO’s internal email system.