It's a sad reflection on the state of the world, but as COVID-19 has stretched healthcare providers across the country, malicious actors have looked to exploit the crisis for their own ends. Healthcare has always been a prime target for cybercriminals. Successful attacks leading to data breaches that contain sensitive and personal patient information net attackers the highest price when sold on the dark and deep web.
This is due to the nature of the information held in medical systems and records: names, addresses, social security numbers, Medicaid ID numbers, health insurance information, and medical histories. As early as February 2017, Accenture reported that 26% of Americans had been the victims of healthcare information data breaches. The frequency and sophistication of attacks have only increased in the intervening years.