Ransomware Took Out New Jersey Medical Facilities Files
In September, ransomware corrupted the Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center’s systems. The ransomware variant that infiltrated the system was not released, nor was the ransom demand. However, according to Healthcare IT News, the medical center had prepared for cyber attacks and were able to effectively restore their systems using offline backup files.
Although, Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center is still informing approximately 16,000 patients of a potential data breach. The hackers were able to access thousands of patient files, which included medical documentation, diagnosis, insurance and credit card information, and social security numbers. The medical center is encouraging all impacted patients to keep an eye on their insurance claims and financial statements. Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center officials made the following statement to Healthcare IT News,
“We sincerely apologize and regret that this incident has occurred. Please know we are doing everything we can to continue to monitor this issue, to safeguard your personal and health information, and to protect against future incidents.”
Other Ransomware Attacks
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