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S&P: 2023 Marked Stall of Rapid Growth in US Cyber Insurance

S&P Global Market Intelligence weighed in on the U.S. cyber insurance marketplace, reporting that premium dipped in 2023 to end several years of rapid growth. The overall 0.7% decline in cyber insurance direct written premiums was driven by a 3.2% …

Report Shows Cyberattacks Over Work Email Most Used; Ransomware Hits Victims Hard

Business email compromise is now the top method of cyberattack, according to a survey from cybersecurity firm Arctic Wolf. Of the 1,000 surveyed senior IT and cybersecurity decisionmakers from organizations in more than 15 countries, 70% said they were targets …

U.S. Health Agency Seeks to Shield Private Hospitals from Deluge of Cyberattacks

The US government is seeking to play a more active role in protecting the private health-care sector from a deluge of cyberattacks that have disrupted patient care and left providers unpaid. US health officials will unveil Monday a new program …

64% Jump in Ransomware Claims on Remote Access Tools, Report Shows

A 64% jump in ransomware claims in 2023 is driven by an explosion in “indirect” ransomware incidents, up over 415% in 2023, with remote access tools accounting for 58% of attacks. The year-over-year increases were seen among mid-market and emerging …

Hospital Operator Ascension ‘Making Progress’ to Restore Systems After Cyberattack

Hospital operator Ascension said on Monday that it “worked around the clocked” over the weekend to handle a recent ransomware attack that disrupted operations. “We are focused on restoring systems safely. We are making progress, however, it will take time …

Santander Flags Data Breach Hitting Some Clients, All Staff

Banco Santander SA said data managed by an external party was accessed without authorization, affecting information of clients and staff. “We recently became aware of an unauthorized access to a Santander database hosted by a third-party provider,” the Spanish lender …

UnitedHealth Hack Put Data of One in Three Americans at Risk

UnitedHealth Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty told lawmakers his company is still trying to determine why its computer systems were left vulnerable to hackers who perpetrated a devastating cyberattack. Lawmakers zeroed in on lax defenses during more than …

Hack That Paralyzed US Health Care Turns Up Scrutiny on Insurer

When a cyberattack on Change Healthcare paralyzed much of the US health-care system, some lawmakers saw it as proof its parent company, UnitedHealth Group Inc., was too big. UnitedHealth Chief Executive Andrew Witty saw it differently. He has said that …

Lockton Re: Hypothetical Cyber Event Offers Carriers an Opportunity to Review Risks

A simulated cyber catastrophe highlights the benefits and problems cyber insurance carriers will encounter as a result, according to a report released by Lockton Re. The report, “A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities: Preparing for Ivan Wiper,” focuses on the consequences of …

Report: Cybercrime ‘A Thriving Business,’ as U.S. Claims Frequency Rises

Cyber claims frequency in the U.S. rose 13% last year, a new report shows. Coalition this week released its 2024 Cyber Claims Report, which includes data and case studies from organizations across the country. The report portrays cybercrime as “a …