Over the past six months, cybersecurity attacks have increased around theglobe, many of which have specifically impacted the health careindustry. Accordingto a 2017 Healthcare Breach Report released by dataprotection company Bitglass, 328 U.S. health care firms reporteddata breaches in 2016, up from 268.

This year, the following attacks occurred: (1) In February,Californian Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid cyberattackers $17,000 in Bitcoins to regain control of its systems; (2)a month later, Alvaro Hospital Medical Center in San Diego wasattacked but refused to pay; (3) additionally, Merck andPennsylvania’s Heritage Valley Health System were attacked; and (4)in July, Caro Community Hospital Medical Clinic and Quick Care(both located in Caro, Michigan) were attacked.

This past May, international headlines were made when one of thelargest “ransomware” attacks on records aptly named “WannaCry,”“WCry” or “Wanna Decryptor” was transmitted via email targetingvulnerabilities in computer systems. During this attack, cyberattackers took over computers, encrypted information, then demandedpayment of $300 of Bitcoin per machine to unlock the devices.

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