SamSam strikes Indiana physician practice's computer network

South Bend, Ind.-based Allied Physicians of Michiana is recovering from a May 17 ransomware attack involving the SamSam variant.

According to a news release, Allied discovered its computers were under attack in the afternoon of May 17 and the practice immediately shut down the network.

Allied was able to restore its data in a secure format, but an investigation to determine whether patient data was compromised is ongoing. The network down time did not cause a significant disruption to patients, Allied said in the May 21 news release.

The practice declined to confirm the amount hackers demanded in ransom and whether it paid the SamSam hackers to restore its data.

"The security of our patients' personal and protected health information is foremost in our mind," Allied CEO Shery Roussarie said in the news release. "While we make every effort to keep ahead of these types of cyberattacks, we have nevertheless taken additional steps to minimize any such future attack of the type experienced last week."

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