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Healthcare Email Fraud Attacks Up Nearly 500 Percent

Highly personalized email attacks try to fool workers and patients to unknowingly surrender their credentials or financial info.

A report from cybersecurity specialist Proofpoint reveals more than 99 percent of all targeted attacks rely on the user to activate them, whether that involves clicking on a macro, typing a password into a phishing site, or sending data to an email fraudster.

“There also exists a misconception that an organization’s top executives are the most targeted by attackers due to their status and rank,” Chris Dawson, threat intelligence lead for Proofpoint explained. “However, the traditional VIPs within an organization are often not the same individuals that cybercriminals target.”

Rather than pursuing high profile, senior level executives, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting lower level employees based on their likely access and privilege.

Learn more about the study’s findings and steps to take for protection at HealthcareIT News



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