According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, ransomware was responsible for 72% of malware attacks on the healthcare industry in 2016. Ransomware attacks have doubled across all industries and are now the fifth most common specific malware variety. The healthcare industry is the second-most targeted industry and was hit with 458 incidents in 2016. The increase in ransomware attacks may be due to the introduction of Ransomware-as-a-Service, where criminal developers create ransomware kits for hackers in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds.
Iran-based hacking group APT34 has launched a new cyber espionage operation, according to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro. The group has been infecting victims with the