HHS cyberattack highlights how hackers are exploiting the pandemic. Here are 4 strategies to mitigate the risks

March 17, 2020 Mayuri Kumar

Healthcare organizations have long been the targets of hackers.

But amid the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity experts are raising the alarm about an increase in cyberattacks as hackers exploit the outbreak's disruption.

Among the top targets: government agencies critical to responding to the epidemic.

Hackers tried to breach the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) computer system Sunday night, both Bloomberg and ABC News reported. HHS Spokesperson Caitlin Oakley told FierceHealthcare the department became aware of a significant increase in activity on HHS cyberinfrastructure on Sunday.

The department is "fully operational" as it actively investigates the matter, Oakley said. HHS officials said there was no data breach.

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