Jacksonville health care facilities involved in massive ransomware attack

The recently released report says, cybercriminals in Russia and other countries are deploying ransomware virus and hackers are trying to steal patient’s data. Records show the victims must pay a hefty ransom in order to get back sensitive data.

Jacksonville health care facilities

As per the reports, Universal Health Services has been affected by the recent attack. It has two locations in Jacksonville: River Point Behavioral Health and Wekiva Springs Center. “Cybercriminal operators encrypt the systems and data hospitals depend on in the digital age,” a health care executive said. “Historically, this was done in the pursuit of ransom and in return for the keys to decrypt the hospitals’ information. These recent attacks by Russian speaking outfits appear more likely to have the goal of disruption to our nation’s critical health care infrastructure.”

“We should be concerned as health care people. It’s very concerning,” said Will Conaway, the vice president of provider delivery for the HCI Group and Tech Mahindra. “We might see the first cyber murder,” Conaway said. “As people start to be able to get into unmanaged devices and maybe a pacemaker, may be an insulin pump, and other items.”

Hospitals are advised to test their systems with simulated cyberattacks and protect their patient’s data.


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