As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

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As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

Cybercriminals ramp up efforts to steal data, disrupt services
IT staff members at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., continue work to scan thousands of the hospital’s computer systems for malware on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, after the Oct. 28 cyberattack forced a shut down of the hospital’s electronic medical records system and other key systems.
Sarah Shields, a patient account representative at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., runs paper lab orders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. After the Oct. 28, cyberattack, administrators scrambled to keep the hospital operational – canceling non-urgent appointments, reverting to pen-and-paper record keeping and rerouting some critical care patients to nearby hospitals.
A sign in honor of hospital personnel stands outside the main entrance of the University of Vermont Medical Center, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. The hospital network is still recovering from a massive digital disruption in October, signaling the dangers of cyberattacks on the nation’s health care system during a surge of COVID-19.

As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

IT staff members at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., continue work to scan thousands of the hospital’s computer systems for malware on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, after the Oct. 28 cyberattack forced a shut down of the hospital’s electronic medical records system and other key systems.
Sarah Shields, a patient account representative at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., runs paper lab orders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. After the Oct. 28, cyberattack, administrators scrambled to keep the hospital operational – canceling non-urgent appointments, reverting to pen-and-paper record keeping and rerouting some critical care patients to nearby hospitals.
A sign in honor of hospital personnel stands outside the main entrance of the University of Vermont Medical Center, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. The hospital network is still recovering from a massive digital disruption in October, signaling the dangers of cyberattacks on the nation’s health care system during a surge of COVID-19.