All About The Universal Health Services Ransomware Attack:
Last Monday, Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest health care providers, announced that a highly coordinated ransomware attack has affected its systems. Several employees at a major U.S. hospital chain reported that they can’t access their computers.
According to UHS, the main culprit for this problem is due to an “IT security issue.”
“We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible,” UHS said in a statement. “In the meantime, our facilities are using their established back-up processes including offline documentation methods. Patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively.”
Furthermore, the company said that “no patient or employee data appears to have been accessed, copied or misused.”
Hospitals Forced to Manually File Patient Information
The recent attack left some UHS hospitals with no choice but to manually file patient information, using pen and paper. Meanwhile, ambulances were asked to go to other nearby hospitals.
Up to this date, the said ransomware attack isn’t the first time. Early September, Duesseldorf University Hospital in Germany also suffered a ransomware attack. As a result, a patient in critical condition was forced to transfer to another hospital. Unfortunately, the patient died on the way to the other facility.
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