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Sep 29 2020

Universal Health Services suffers from a Ransomware attack

ImageComputer systems at Universal Health Services Inc., one of nation’s largest hospital chains with over 400 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK, was forced to divert ambulances and cancel surgeries because of a malware attack. The malicious software attack crippled the company’s computers, and Computer systems at some hospitals began failing over the past weekend. With systems offline, some affected hospitals resorted to filing patient information with pen and paper, reported NBC News.

In a statement issued yesterday, the company confirmed that its network was offline due to a security incident: "The IT Network across Universal Health Services (UHS) facilities is currently offline, 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."

The company took down systems used for medical records, laboratories and pharmacies across about 250 U.S. facilities, in order to halt further spread of the malware attack. According to the President, the outage caused no harm to patients, adding that the company is investigating any reports of patients at risk. At this time, there is no evidence that patient or employee data was accessed, copied or misused.

Mr. Miller said that Universal Health is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the matter. The Company has implemented extensive information technology security protocols and is working diligently with its security partners to restore its information technology operations as quickly as possible.

 

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