The servers of one of the largest hospital chains in the United States have been hit by ransomware. These are hospitals of UHS in California and Florida where there have been problems with IT systems since Sunday morning. This reports Bleeping Computer, spoke with several hospital employees who no longer had access to the computer systems.
In any case, it concerns hospitals in the two states of California and Florida. There also seem to be problems with the systems in Texas, Arizona and Washington DC. It is not yet clear how widespread the ransomware is. UHS has more than four hundred locations.
In a statement, UHS has said there is a technical malfunction, but no further details are shared about the scale or nature of the problems. The hospital emphasizes that the outage has no impact on patients and that no data has been stolen.
From descriptions of hospital workers, it appears to be Ryuk ransomware. It seems that the ransomware entered the hospital’s systems via phishing. The ransomware encrypts data, making it inaccessible to users. In some cases of ransomware attacks, data is also diverted to the hackers behind the attack.
It is not the first time a hospital has been hit by ransomware. Earlier this month, a hospital in Germany was hit by ransomware. An investigation is currently underway into the death of a patient who had to be transferred to another hospital because of the ransomware attack.