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Ascension Health says Alabama hospital patient records successfully restored after ransomware attack | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

Electronic records of patients at all of the Ascension Health-affiliated hospitals in Alabama have been “successfully restored” less than a month after the facilities were hit by a ransomware attack, the health system said Tuesday.

“As we have previously communicated, restoring Electronic Health Record (EHR) access has been among the top priorities of our recovery process. We are encouraged to report positive developments in these efforts and can announce that we have successfully restored EHR access in our Florida, Alabama and Austin markets,” said an Ascension spokesperson.

Ascension Health operates six facilities in the Birmingham metropolitan area, including St. Vincent’s Hospital. It also runs Providence Hospital in Mobile.

Ascension, said it is working on restoring records for its entire system by June 14.

Hospitals across the country have been dealing with disruptions of their services after Ascension Health confirmed it was hit by a “cybersecurity incident,” after detecting what it says was “unusual activity on select technology network systems.” The company since determined it to be a “ransomware” incident.

The St. Louis-based health system with 140 hospitals across in 19 states said it first detected the attack May 8, leading hospitals to sever connections to its online system.

Companies that do business with Ascension Health were recommended to temporarily suspend their “connection to the Ascension environment. We will inform our partners when it is appropriate to reconnect into our environment.”

According to a CNN report based on four sources briefed on the investigation, Ascension suffered a ransomware attack in which cybercriminals typically try to lock computers and steal data for extortion via a hack is known as Black Basta that focuses on health care organizations. Black Basta, also the name of a broad criminal group that uses the ransomware, includes Russian-speakers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, CNN reported.


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