Seattle Children's hacking attempts doubled in March, targeting info of newborns and children who die at hospitals

Cybercriminals have increased their attacks on healthcare providers since the pandemic began, and USA Today reported additional focus on children's hospitals.

Hackers that gain access to medical records can use the information to commit insurance fraud, get prescriptions and commit identity theft. Children's health records are even more valuable because the hackers aren't often caught and they can use the child's information for 18 years.

The report notes hackers target medical records for newborns, toddlers and children who die at the hospital to steal their identities. Seattle Children's reported hacking attempts doubled in March. In particular, the number of phishing emails trying to trick employees into clicking on malicious links has increased.

Seattle Children's chief information security officer Gary Gooden told USA Today that hospitals "have to constantly pivot and stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology and practices."

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