Last month, the international law enforcement agency INTERPOL warned of a “significant” spike in cybercrimes against entities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including hospitals. It turns out INTERPOL was right on the mark.

Microsoft recently sent an alert that dozens of ransomware deployments had occurred in the first two weeks of April. The Department of State made a remarkable flex in the aftermath of cyberattack on a Czech Republic hospital, and attackers leveled the most significant stateside “detonation,” as cybersecurity experts sometimes say, during the COVID-19 era by locking up systems at the Parkview Medical Center, in Pueblo, Colorado. At least one of the cybercriminal enterprises that vowed not to target medical facilities during the pandemic wasn’t exactly firm on its word.

It’s troubling but true—cybercriminals around the country are “absolutely taking advantage” of the pandemic, Erik Decker, chief security and privacy officer at University of Chicago Medicine, told Built In.

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