Health data hacking booms in 2021

In 2021 healthcare organizations saw a three-fold jump in cybercrime versus the three years earlier, according to a new POLITICO report.

That added up to 50 million patients with exposed health data, it reported, based on analysis of six-plus years of data reported to HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

“Unfortunately, the industry is pretty much easy pickings, and they’re hitting it because they’re getting paid,” CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan, told the news site. “It’s [not] gonna slow down until we either get more serious about stopping it, or blocking it, or being more effective at it. From the cybercriminals’ perspective, they’re being successful, they’re getting paid, why would they stop?”

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