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Hold on to your stethoscopes: The health care industry was at the top of hackers’ wish lists in cyberattacks during 2015, according to IBM data.

According to SecurityWeek News, cyber criminals have the health care industry in their sights, especially via the Shellshock vulnerability — which, according to IBM X-Force’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, was a major factor in many of 2015’s attacks. Shellshock is a vulnerability in the Bash shell, providing compromise potential to systems running on Linux, Solaris and Mac OS. The vulnerability has existed for more than two decades, but it was only in late 2014 that it was publicly disclosed.

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