Are Academic Healthcare Systems Top COVID-19 Attack Targets?

June 11, 2020

 Are Academic Healthcare Systems Top COVID-19 Attack Targets?

Educational institutions and healthcare sector entities both have been favorite targets of hackers during the coronavirus pandemic - but academic healthcare systems involved with COVID-19 research appear to be in the bullseye. Among the latest institutions reportedly hit is the University of California San Francisco.

UCSF last week reportedly confirmed that it was a target of an "illegal intrusion," according to news outlet Bloomberg, which noted that the university declined to comment on the parts of its network impacted.

However, hackers from the ransomware group Netwalker on a dark website claimed credit for the UCSF attack, which appears to have involved files related to the university's various COVID-19 research work, Bloomberg reported.

David Finn, Executive Vice President at CynergisTek contributes to this article which focuses on universities healthcare entities and especially academic healthcare systems that have been a target for intellectual property theft especially during COVID-19 with a significant spike in but attacks and attempts on these organizations.

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