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Cyberattacks are shutting down hospital IT networks: 8 recent incidents

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

When the pandemic hit, some cybercriminal vowed to avoid hitting hospitals. Others may be targeting hospitals because of their vulnerabilities during the pandemic.

Several attacks on healthcare organizations in recent months have brought computer systems down and disrupted service. Below are eight hospitals and health systems that have reported IT downtime due to cybersecurity incidents since July.

July 25: Watertown, N.Y.-based Samaritan Medical Center took its computer system offline after identifying a malware attack. The hospital was able to restore its main system Aug. 19 and continued to restore the computer systems and applications through Oct. 6. During the downtime, the hospital reverted to paper records and postponed some services. The hospital's payroll and accounting functions were also offline.

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