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UHS Hospital Network Suffered Ransomware Attack

by Abeerah Hashim
Irish health sector ransomware attack

Another ransomware attack surfaces online. The victim belongs to the health sector, thus affecting the patients. Reportedly, several hospitals in the US went down after a ransomware attack targeted Universal Health Services (UHS) hospital network.

UHS Hospital Under Ransomware Attack

The giant hospital network, Universal Health Services (UHS) has suffered a ransomware attack. Though, the service hasn’t explicitly admitted it yet. All they have disclosed is an IT security issue via their official statement.

The IT Network across Universal Health Services (UHS) facilities is currently offline, due to an IT security issue.

Following the attack, the service experienced serious disruptions. Some US hospitals even went down.

For now, UHS has merely assured the security of patient’s data, besides mentioning to have collaborated with security partners.

We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible…
No patient or employee data appears to have been accessed, copied or otherwise compromised.

As for the treatments, UHS is striving to continue with the operations offline.

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.

Although, this disclosure has appeared relatively late since, according to the media reports, the attack happened over the weekend. This shut down of IT systems compelled the staff to “work with pen and paper”.

Ryuk Ransomware Suspected

While official sources haven’t confirmed a ransomware attack, unofficial sources suspect the involvement of Ryuk ransomware.

Also, some UHS facilities’ employees confirmed similar things in a Reddit thread.

Cyberattack on UHS Hospitals Nationwide Last Night from hacking

It seemingly appears that a different OG is behind this Ryuk attack that remained dormant for some time.

Universal Health Services (UHS) is a giant hospital network that boasts over 400 facilities across the US and the UK. It has over 90,000 employees and is among the Fortune 500 firms.

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