With more business and education going online, the threat of cybercrime grows. Universal Health Services, the largest hospital chain in the country, is currently offline due to a hacker who is requesting ransomware, and a school district in Las Vegas had over 300,000 social security numbers made public after it refused to pay a hacker’s ransom.
A hacker is seeking ransom for its cyber break into the hospital, compromising patients’ medical records, personal data, and pharmacy records. The hospital insists that no patient data was exposed.
Hackers have targeted school districts before, taking over software and locking out users in exchange for money. A district in Texas paid out over $200,000 in bitcoin in exchange for its servers back, calculating that this was cheaper and faster than rebuilding the entire system.
Meanwhile, NATO has announced that it is establishing a Cyberspace Operations Center in response to increased security threats, noting an increase in cyber threats since the pandemic began.