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Hospitals take action to avoid ransomware attacks, including pre-emptive email shut down

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

Hospitals across the U.S. are taking pre-emptive steps to avoid cyberattacks after the FBI issued a warning of increased hacking activity on Oct. 28.

St. Lawrence Health System in upstate New York and Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Sky Lakes Medical Center reported ransomware attacks on Oct. 27. The federal government said six hospitals were hit within a 24-hour timeframe between Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, but did not reveal the names of the hospitals.

"My initial thought was that ransomware players are getting much craftier and that the [Internet of Things] ransomware threat in healthcare is more serious than we think," Zafar Chaudry, MD, senior vice president and CIO of Seattle Children's, told Becker's. "We at Seattle Children's cannot take...

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