King's Daughters' Health shut down computer systems after ransomware Locky encrypts files

On Wednesday King's Daughters' Health, based in Madison, Ind., purposefully shut down its computer systems after discovering a user's files were infected with ransomware. By Friday, health system officials said most of its systems were back online.

King's Daughters' Health shut down computer systems throughout the organization in "an abundance of caution" and to help eliminate the ransomware called Locky. Health system officials believe the virus only infected one user's files.

"Thanks to education and awareness about ongoing email and cyber threats, KDH employees acted swiftly once the virus was discovered in an email that appeared legitimate," according to a statement from the health system.

Hospital staff reverted to manual processes to provide care while the computer systems were down.

An April 4 statement from the health system indicated most of the systems are back online.

Linda Darnell, senior director of information technology at King's Daughters' Hospital, said no patient data was affected or compromised during the incident.

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