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MercyOne hospital’s parent company confirms ransomware attack | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


One of the largest hospital chains in the country has confirmed a ransomware attack has caused hospital-wide outages across multiple health systems this month, including facilities in Iowa.

Certain systems, including online patient portals and electronic health records, have been taken offline for more than a week at MercyOne facilities following the cybersecurity breach at CommonSpirit Health. Other hospitals across the country, including those in Nebraska, Tennessee and Washington, are also facing disruptions.

CommonSpirit, the Chicago-based nonprofit health care system that operates 140 hospitals in 21 states, said in a statement it took “immediate steps” to protect its systems and contain the incident once the ransomware attack was detected. Officials said they notified law enforcement and have engaged with “leading cybersecurity specialists.”

“We continue to conduct a thorough forensics investigation and review of our systems and will also seek to determine if there are any data impacts as part of that process,” the statement said.



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