NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Many hospitals are still overrun with Covid patients and as they work to keep up, they face another threat of ransomware attacks. Cyber security experts say the volume is increasing, and so is the ransom cost. Over the summer the Wall Street Journal reported an attack at an Oregon hospital shut down patient monitors tracking vital signs. And a few months ago in Alabama a hospital's computers were disabled for eight days and medical staff was cut off from monitors for fetal heartbeats in 12 delivery rooms.
Cybersecurity experts say these attackers aren't just going after the hospital's information, but the patients whose information they're stealing. Year-over-year there's been about a 100% increase in volume of ransomware attacks. Cybersecurity experts say you should look get identity theft protection to help protect yourself.