Flint's Hurley Medical Center confirms cyberattack following video threat from Anonymous

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Hacktivist group Anonymous named its next target in a Wednesday video: Those responsible for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., that has led to hundreds of lead poisoning cases in children and dozens of instances of Legionnaires' disease. Anonymous or not, someone wasted no time making good on the threat — Hurley Medical Center confirmed being hit by a cyberattack the following day, according to an MLive report.

Anonymous' video, which at the time of this writing has over 80,000 views on YouTube, points the finger at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), demanding he be arrested for criminal negligence and manslaughter.

"HurleyMedicalCenter has IT systems in place, which aid in detecting a virus or cyber attack," Ilene Cantor, Hurley spokesperson, told MLive. "As such, all policies and protocols were followed in relation to the most-recent cyber attack on our system. Patient care was not compromised and we are closely monitoring all systems to ensure IT security is consistently maintained."

Both city and state police representatives said the hospital had issued no notification of the attack, according to MLive. 

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