LANSING, MI — A statement from McLaren Health Care officials on Wednesday confirmed what many had feared in August : It’s possible patient data may have leaked onto the dark web, thanks to a ransomware attack that shut down its computer network earlier this summer.
McLaren IT officials say an investigation confirmed its computer network was targeted by a ransomware event in late August and early September. Employee email was shut down during that time and employees were asked to switch up passwords. Remote work was made more difficult due to the ransomware attack.
McLaren says if any personal data leaked to the dark web it will notify the impacted individuals “as soon as possible.”
“We want to assure our patients and the communities we serve that our systems remain operational, and we continue to provide the exceptional care for which we are known,” said Dave Jones, marketing manager for McLaren Health Care, in a press release.
A ransomware group known as BlackCat/AlphV hasclaimed responsibility for the McLaren cybersecurity attack.