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HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston affected by ‘potential cybersecurity threat’ – Daily Freeman | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley hospital in Kingston can be seen on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman)

KINGSTON, N.Y. – An investigation has been launched into a “potential cybersecurity threat” of the computer service at three area medical facilities operated by HealthAllince of the Hudson Valley, according to Westchester Medical Center Health Network HealthAllaince owner.

“Upon identifying the incident, WMCHealth notified law enforcement, the New York State Department of Health, and Ulster County officials,” a hospital statement said on Tuesday when reached for comment. “WMHCHealth launched an investigation with the assistance of a third-party cybersecurity firm.”

The statement said that “to protect the data integrity of the rest of the health network and out of an abundance of caution, HealthAlliance Hospital, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center have been temporarily disconnected from shared WMCHealth IT systems.”

“HealthAlliance Hospital has remained open with no interruptions in care,” a follow-up statement said when asked about any interruption of services. “We enacted a temporary  diversion of emergency department patients out of an abundance of caution, but that diversion was lifted earlier today (Tuesday) as our team continues to provide outstanding care.”

As a result, the statement said, landline telephone, internet and employee email access at those facilities are currently unavailable.

“We are committed to being as transparent as possible as we investigate the nature and scope of this incident and we will continue to work with law enforcement,” the statement said. “Should the investigation determine that this incident resulted in unauthorized access to and/or acquisition of patient or employee information, WMCHealth will provide notifications to individuals, in accordance with applicable laws.”

A post on the hospital’s website said that all “scheduled procedures … and surgeries will proceed as scheduled,” and that, “All outpatient services including laboratory and radiology remain open.” For questions about scheduled procedures, the hospital said to call (845) 334-4248.

The entrance of the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley hospital in Kingston can be seen on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman)

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