Hackers have hit the NHS with more than 11 million attacks over the past three years, according to NHS Data. This revelation comes in parallel with cybersecurity experts warning of the growing risk to patients as hackers try to grab their data.
Highest rated attacks were listed as IP or domain reputation attacks (more than six million), followed by spam (3.6 million). A total of 852,000 incidents were recorded as anti-virus. The NHSmail system blocked 11,352,000 email attacks.
Andy Heather, European VP at Centrify said, “It’s clear that hackers view the NHS as a top target with growing volumes of email attacks deliberately designed to fool doctors, nurses and other health service workers into handing over confidential data.”
Heather continued, “Increasingly we’re seeing cyber-criminals gaining access to private information like patient records using legitimate log-in details which have been stolen or sold online. All too often this means that malicious activity remains undetected before it’s too late, so it’s vital that hospitals adopt a zero-trust approach to all user activity, ensuring every employee is verified and they are who they say they are.”
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