5 ransomware attacks encrypted data at healthcare organizations

Throughout the past two months, hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations have had to juggle an increasing number of ransomware attacks. These attacks have caused hospitals to reschedule surgeries and spend millions of dollars to recover. 

Below are five ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations that have been reported by the media since Jan. 1. 

1. Great Bend, Kan.-based Central Kansas Orthopedic Group began notifying 17,214 patients that their information may have been exposed in a ransomware attack.

2. An unauthorized third party gained access to some computers at Manchester (Conn.) Ophthalmology and attempted to encrypt information with ransomware. 

3. Hackers using Maze ransomware infected 231 stations from Medical Diagnostic Laboratories and threatened to publicly disclose data on the computers if the company does not pay the ransom.

4. Chico, Calif.-based Enloe Medical Center was forced to reschedule some elective procedures following a ransomware attack. 

5. McKinney, Texas-based Children's Choice Pediatrics began notifying patients Jan. 7 of a ransomware attack that may have exposed their protected health information.

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