Healthcare DDoS Attacks: How Dangerous Can They Get?

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DDoS or distributed denial-of-service attacks are not only enemies of multi-billion dollar companies and private individuals.

With the right type and amount of motivation, hackers who perpetrate these attacks target healthcare facilities. And judging by the current state of the world, you just know that this is going to be a bad time.

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But exactly how dangerous can DDoS attacks be if they target healthcare? The answer lies in understanding how it works and how great its destructive potential can be.

DDoS attacks can come in waves

You accidentally click on malware, get hit by a DDoS, your IT team manages to isolate critical data and prevent a catastrophic loss.

You are sure right? Not correct.

One big thing about DDoS attacks is that they can always come in waves. That first data breach? It only served as a distraction. Any hacker skilled or experienced enough uses their first volley to distract an IT team while a complete data breach is going on in the background.

These attacks can have devastating consequences in healthcare.

In the first 10 months of 2020 alone, 79% of healthcare providers were of all reported violations, according to HealthTechMagazine.net.

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Here’s something that makes things worse.

The pandemic has put an enormous strain on hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The pressure on them to help contain the virus outbreak is so great that they can no longer afford to keep critical systems offline for long periods of time.

Hence, in the event of a data breach, they are more than willing to pay a ransom just to get their systems working again.

The money they spent on DDoS ransom could have been used to save lives.

Also read: Labor Day Ransomware Attacks: FBI Warns Hackers Are Working When Offices Are Closed

DDoS has been a problem in the healthcare industry for years

If you think these hackers are only targeting healthcare facilities because they are more vulnerable during the pandemic, you are wrong.

As early as 2017, the healthcare industry had the highest average data breach rate in any global sector.

In several cases, hackers even maintained internal access for weeks before their intruders were discovered, TripWire wrote.

Here is another example. In 2014, the notorious hacktivist group Anonymous was involved in a DDoS attack on Boston Children’s Hospital.

A controversial custody case involving a 14-year-old patient reportedly caused Anonymous to breach the hospital’s systems, causing over $ 300,000 in damage and a week’s loss of productivity.

Imagine how much damage and lost productivity could be caused by a single DDoS attack on, for example, a COVID-19 field hospital that focuses on treating critically ill patients.

The potential loss of life will be unimaginable.

IoT devices used for medical purposes are at great risk

Any IoT device can be attacked by a DDoS hacker if they know how to do it. And this is where major cybersecurity problems often begin. This is because these devices always need regular updates.

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The main problem here is that security software cannot always be installed on IoT devices.

To protect them, healthcare providers can only choose third-party services to detect potential threats before they cause problems.

DDoS attacks on healthcare are a clear and present threat to all

If we are to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and make it a little easier to deal with, eradicating DDoS is vital.

Healthcare providers need to strengthen their defenses and make sure they never lose valuable time and resources to these attacks if the world is to heal.

Related: [HACKERS] Unpatched Windows vulnerabilities targeted by “Lucifer”: New malware that can perform DDoS attacks and cryptojacking

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Written by RJ Pierce

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