UCLA Health Responds to massive cyberattack

As many as 4.5 million individuals may have been impacted by a cyber-attack at UCLA Health.

The attackers accessed parts of the organization’s network that contained personal and medical information.

Yet, there is no evidence the cyber-attackers accessed or acquired any personal or medical information.

The FBI is investigating the attack, and UCLA also hired private computer forensic specialists to secure information on network servers.

“We take this attack on our systems extremely seriously,” James Atkinson, the interim associate vice chancellor and president of the UCLA Hospital System, said in a statement. “Our patients come first at UCLA Health and confidentiality is a critical part of our commitment to care. … We have taken significant steps to further protect data and strengthen our network against another cyber attack.”

UCLA Health detected suspicious activity in its network in October 2014, and began an investigation with help from the FBI. Initially, it looked like the attackers did not access parts of the network that contain personal and medical information.

In fact, it appears the attackers may have had access to these parts of the network as early as September 2014.

Source: Inside Counsel

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