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Cyberattack Hits Catholic Hospitals in 19 States

Ascension Health, the nation’s largest chain of Catholic hospitals, said Thursday it was responding to a cyberattack that was disrupting its operations.

In a press release on its website, Ascension said the attack had caused “disruption to clinical operations” as access to some systems had been interrupted.

“Our care teams are trained for these kinds of disruptions and have initiated procedures to ensure patient care delivery continues to be safe and as minimally impacted as possible,” it said.

The company said it had engaged cybersecurity consulting firm Mandiant to assist in the investigation and remediation process, and had notified law enforcement authorities.

The attack follows one that has caused a weekslong disruption to health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare and its affiliates.

While UnitedHealth has restored most operations affected by the event, some still remain offline, according to its website.

UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty testified last month that the company had inadequate cybersecurity protocols in place, and that it had paid $22 million in bitcoin to lift the siege of its operations.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Ascension is the fourth-largest hospital network in the country, with 140 locations in 19 states and Washington, D.C., including major presences in St. Louis and the Chicagoland area.

  • MUDDY10 says:

    Its the fucking Chinese or their surrogate.

    • Rita says:

      MUDDY10 do you mean the folks in DC? This has US written all over it.

    • Zmb Grrl says:

      Or it’s the government. They’re going after the univ. I work for, Grand Canyon University, which is the largest Christian university in the nation, and they went after the second largest, Liberty, with bogus lawsuits.

  • Sickofjoeobiden says:

    Our current government CANNOT prevent hacking of anything, but yet it wants us to go digital with our currency! And the fact that I don’t trust our current government to have AMERICANS best interest at the front of their tiny brains! JOE OBIDEN IS THE EVIL IN AMERICA!

  • Anybody but a Democrap for President says:

    Stop paying these asshats, and it would help stop them from doing this BS. It would be cheaper to have another set of servers ready to go for an event like this, kept off-line until needed.



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