Hackers force MedStar Health system’s computers to go offline… viruses can now crater advanced medical facilities in an instant
The FBI is investigating a hacking incident that took place Monday at a major hospital chain, MedStar Health Inc., which created offline recording systems for thousands of doctors and patients. The government office is trying to determine whether anonymous pirates request rescue to restore systems.
The non-profit organization is responsible for 10 regional hospitals. All interfaces of the computer system were closed to prevent circulating computer viruses. Since hospital registration systems were forced offline, staff were not able to check their email and had to turn to paper medical records and transactions. Some employees put their computers away from Monday.
MedStar said all of its hospitals and clinics are still open, despite the fact that no one can connect to the health system’s computer network. “The most important priorities of MedStar are the safety of our patients and their partners and the confidentiality of the information,” the organization said in a press release. “We work with law enforcement agencies, our IT partners and IT security to assess and address the situation in depth,” they added.
Hospitals become an optimal target for hackers
The test follows a similar incident that took place inside the Hollywood Presbyterian hospital last month. Pirate pirates use encryption technology, ransomware, to paralyze the hospital’s computer systems. The medical center paid the hackers $ 17,000 in Bitcoin digital currency, which is extremely difficult to track.
MedStar spokeswoman Ann Nickels said she could not say whether the recent cut was a product of ransomware. He added that patient care had not been compromised by the incident and that the hospital had moved to a paper backup system.
Despite allegations to the contrary, Ted Harrington, a security managing partner with independent evaluators in Baltimore, Maryland, said he believes the attack will have an impact on patient care. The Company has reviewed the safety of hospitals and published its findings in a report on the susceptibility of medical computer systems to cyberattacks.
“Without access to patient data, they can not provide care with the same level of efficiency,” he said he was at the Baltimore Sun. “Lack of availability has an impact on the health of patients.”
When asked if pirates perform in the hospital’s computer system for the rescue, Nickels said, “I have no answer to this,” and returned to the sources of the company’s initial statement.
On the other hand, Dr. Richard Alcorta, medical director of the Maryland Emergency Medical Services Network, said he thought ransomware was probably responsible for the attack, in light of several ransomware attempts at hospitals across the state.
“People see this as a form of terrorism and try to extort money by trying to infect with this type of virus,” he told The Associated Press