2019 has seen a sharp rise in cyber attacks targeting the healthcare industry. Given the sensitivity of data processed by hospitals and clinics, it is no wonder that hackers want to exploit them. According to recent reports, there's already been a 60% increase in Trojan detections this year in comparison to the entire 2018. Especially in the third quarter of 2019, there has been an increase of 82% of detections compared to the previous quarter. The Trojans mostly responsible for the attacks are notorious Emotet and Trickbot - both have started as banking Trojans but evolved to backdoors, which introduce further malware into infected systems - for example, ransomware.
Ransomware is also increasingly used against healthcare institutions, given that their IT systems are vital for the lives and well-being of patients. In many cases, hospitals feel the need to pay the ransom as quickly as possible to save those in their care. Adding to that relatively old equipment in many hospitals and underfunded IT departments makes healthcare organisations easy targets for attackers.