Urology Austin alerts 200k patients of ransomware attack

Texas-based Urology Austin notified 200,000 patients last week that their patient information may have been compromised, according to reports from KXAN-TV and Austin American-Statesman.

A ransomware attack infected Urology Austin on Jan. 22. The health provider did not pay the ransom and was able to shut down the network that houses patient data within minutes, according to KXAN-TV. Urology Austin also said it restored patient data from a backup.

While the attack might have compromised information like patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and medical information, Urology Austin does not believe patient information was taken in the breach.

Urology Austin set up a toll-free line for impacted patients to call with questions or concerns and is offering patients a free one-year subscription to a credit monitoring service, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The health provider is also working to improve their security, according to KXAN-TV.

Editor's note: Becker's Hospital Review has reached out to Urology Austin for comment and will update as more information is available.

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