By the Blouin News Technology staff

Malware’s uptick drawing more eyes

by in Enterprise Tech.

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Last week’s cyber attack on a Los Angeles hospital, which incidentally resulted in a $17,000 payout to the hackers, has security experts worried on a number of levels. The hack of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center left the facility with seemingly no choice but to fork over the requested ransom demand in order to regain control of its computer system. While this cyber attack wasn’t as highly publicized as some other recent cyber breaches, it indicates a growing inability to fend off ransomeware attacks and reveals that businesses are at a loss should the hackers demand ransom. Medical facilities are somewhat more at risk since compromising patient care is a high priority, and hospitals can often be vulnerable via their antiquated systems and older infrastructure. Research underscores these increased risks.

Dell released the 2016 Dell Security Annual Threat Report on Monday, which highlights currently unaddressed malware attacks. The report looks at cybercrime trends of the past year, and aims to identify security risks for the coming year. Based on data collected throughout 2015 from the Dell SonicWALL Global Response Intelligence Defense (GRID) network “with daily feeds from more than one million firewalls and tens of millions of connected endpoints,” according to the company, the report noted four developing trends in cyber crime, two of which are the continued rise of Android malware, and the significant uptick in the number of malware attacks…

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