Ransomware shuts down facilities at Connecticut health system

A cyberattack at Manchester-based Eastern Connecticut Health Network is causing closures and emergency room diversions, NBC Connecticut reported Aug. 3.

According to the health system's website, the attack prompted the closure of all primary care locations and specialty care locations. The disruption was also felt at all Prospect Medical Facilities, ECHN's parent company, according to its website.

The FBI is currently investigating the attack. 

"It was a ransomware attack," Jillian Menzel, ECHN's COO told News 8. "We are unsure at this time of the extent of that attack. We have a prospect team that is working on that. There's a national command center that is working on that currently."

The issue affected the emergency rooms at both ECHN hospitals and caused EMS to divert patients.

The health system is reaching out to patients whose appointments were affected by the incident. 

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