MedStar Health shuts down computer system after detecting virus

Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health temporarily disabled its computer networks Monday after discovering a virus that prevented certain users from logging in to the system.

MedStar Health decided to shut down all system interfaces to prevent the virus from spreading, according to a statement posted to the health system's Facebook page.


Early this morning, MedStar Health's IT system was affected by a virus that prevents certain users from logging-in to...

Posted by MedStar Health on Monday, March 28, 2016

The health system said all clinical facilities remain open and are functioning. The FBI is investigating the incident.

The nature of the virus is unclear. Hospital spokeswoman Ann Nickels told The Washington Post she had not been told the virus is ransomware.

While the system is offline, hospital staff across the system's 10 hospitals have reverted to using paper charts and records, reports The Washington Post. Neither MedStar nor the FBI have any indication of how long the systems are going to be offline.

MedStar Health said there is no evidence information has been compromised.

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