Alabama medical center recovering from ransomware attack

Mobile, Ala.-based Springhill Medical Center was the target of a ransomware attack earlier in July, according to Fox affiliate WALA.

The medical center has contacted the police and FBI to investigate the incident.

Following the attack, Springhill Medical Center shut off its network to protect patient data.

Springhill Medical Center made the following statement to WALA:

"We'd like to assure our patients and the community that patient safety is always our top priority and we would never allow our staff to operate in an unsafe environment. After learning of the security incident, we promptly shut down our network to contain the incident and protect data. We continue to bring our network back up carefully to ensure our systems are operating normally and securely. We have provided employees with consistent updates about the status of our computer systems and we greatly appreciate their diligence in maintaining excellent care while utilizing downtime procedures."

Police are advising other businesses in the area to stay vigilant. Authorities recommend employees undergo cybersecurity training.

Editor's note: Becker's contacted Springhill Medical Center for comment and will update the story accordingly.

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