Ransomware Strikes Another California Medical Center
This has been a rough year for California medical institutions being victimized by ransomware. Another medical facility, East Valley Community Health Center, located in West Covina was struck with ransomware in October of 2016. Reports by Health Data Management state the facilities computer systems were fixed within a day of the attack, and the infection was able to be isolated. It is believed the IT department was able to remediate the issue using backup files, and no ransom demand was paid.
Sounds good, right? Yes, until the health center realized thousands of patient files were compromised. The information breached includes names, addresses, diagnosis codes, birth dates, medical record numbers and insurance account information. The total number of individuals impacted is believed to be roughly 65,000.
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