Ransomware is dominating the malware market and has become the most profitable type of malware in history, and healthcare organizations have emerged as the target of choice for cybercriminals, say security researchers at Cisco.

“The success of recent ransomware attacks against businesses, including several organizations in the healthcare industry, has likely prompted many adversaries to plan similar campaigns in the future,” finds the Cisco 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report. “Network and server-side vulnerabilities provide an opportunity for attackers to quietly carry out ransomware campaigns that could potentially affect entire industries.”

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