Global ransomware attack wake-up call for hospitals

On Friday, May 12, a ransomware assault, dubbed “WannaCry” after the software used to execute the cyberattack (WanaCrypt0r 2.0), hit a variety of countries. By Monday, internet security firm Avast reported that there were 213,000 different versions of the attack in 112 countries – many of which were directed at healthcare facilities. In the UK, at least 36 hospitals, ambulance companies and doctors’ offices were affected by the WannaCry attack, according to an article in the New York Times. Patients’...