Cyber attacks on Czech health sector rose by 267 percent last year

There was a 267 percent year-on-year rise in the number of cyber attacks launched at the Czech Republic’s health sector in 2020, according to the newly released annual report of the country’s National Cyber and Information Agency (NÚKIB).

The agency warns that last year saw the development of a new, large scale trend of ransomware attacks against health facilities. The most serious incident occurred in March of 2020, when the Faculty Hospital in Brno was the target of a ransomware attack that caused millions of crowns in damages and shut down three departments.

Other targets included the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, the Regional Hospital in Karlovy Vary, or the Hospital in Benešov.

Author: Tom McEnchroe