Virus from phishing attack shuts down Haley VA Hospital computer drive

James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla., partially shut down a computer drive after discovering a virus, believed to be from a cyberattack, according to ABC Action News.

The computer drive is used by nearly 4,000 employees to store documents and other files and contains sensitive information about approximately 100,000 veterans and 5,000 employees, according to the report.

Cybersecurity officials believe the virus stemmed from a phishing attack. "It is highly likely this was an employee who fell for a [phishing] scam that was sent by the bad guys," said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4, a cybersecurity company, in the report.

The virus corrupted some of the files on the drive before it was removed, according to the report, citing a VA statement. The VA said the hospital's antivirus protections detected and deleted the virus. According to the hospital, there was no breach of data, and patient care operations were unaffected.

All employees have access again to the drive, according to the VA.

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