Data-Driven Healthcare and Cybercrime: A Threat We Are Not Aware Of?


  • Igor Vuletić


This paper deals with the problem of cybercrime as a rising threat to the healthcare sector. Security incidents involving different forms of cyberattacks are on the rise and are becoming one of the top security threats nowadays. The healthcare system is not an exception: moreover, it seems that it is one of the most vulnerable sectors for cyberattacks. Hackers prefer targeting healthcare organizations (especially hospitals) because they are more willing to pay the ransom to gain their crucial data back. Cyberattacks on hospitals paralyze their entire operational process and cause damage to both institutions and patients. A typical example is the recent attack on several U.S. hospitals, when one of the targeted hospitals paid around $17,000 USD in ransom for the decryption of their digital information. The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to scienti c debates on this important aspect of Big Data in the healthcare system. The author describes the phenomenology of cyberattacks in healthcare and points to certain legal issues—such as con ict of jurisdictions, inadequate de ning of criminal offences and the general lack of consensus on the catalog of incriminations—that can adequately respond to the needs of contemporary cybercrimes.

Author Biography

Igor Vuletić

Igor Vuletić, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor at the Chair of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek