Israeli Medical Center Targeted by Ransomware Attack

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The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera has been targeted by a ransomware attack without prior notice. The medical center announced today that the attack affected its computer systems and there was a problem with the information systems, including backup computers. The hackers sent a ransom demand but did not specify the sum.

The medical center defined the incident as a critical failure and reported it immediately to the Health Ministry and National Cyber Directorate. 

The prevalence of ransomware continues to grow, reaching new highs. According to a 2021 report from FortiGuard Labs, ransomware grew by 1,070% between July 2020 and June of 2021.

In Israel, “one of 60 organizations or companies is targeted by a ransomware attack every week on average, a 30% increase compared to 2020,” according to a Checkpoint report. The major sectors targeted by ransomware have been education and research, communications and healthcare, with an average of 1443 attacks per organization weekly, according to 

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