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Hospital in Trego County targeted by ransomware hackers | #ransomware | #cybercrime


TREGO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — The Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital said it was the target of a ransomware attack on May 6.

A news release from the hospital says it began experiencing a computer network disruption on May 6. In response, they activated their incident response plan and began investigating the issue with the IT team and third-party specialists.

“Our investigation confirmed the hospital had been targeted by a sophisticated ransomware attack, which we promptly reported to the FBI,” the news release reads. “Since day one of this incident, our IT team and third-party specialists have worked tirelessly to safely restore affected systems, minimize any impact on our ability to serve patients, and implement additional security features to further secure our network.”

Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital officials said they are still determining the full scope of the potential impact on data stored in their network but have no reason to believe the hackers accessed or stole any personal identification information or protected health information from the network.

“Our IT team will be using lessons learned from this incident to further harden our network amid what is a constantly changing cybersecurity landscape,” the news release said. “This incident is also an important reminder for all of us to remain vigilant about cybersecurity, especially amid continued and escalating threats from criminal actors who routinely target healthcare providers across the country.”



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