Inside UVM Medical Center's ransomware attack: 11 details

Becker's Hospital Review

Laura Dyrda

Burlington, Vt.-based UVM Medical Center revealed the cybersecurity incident it suffered in October was a ransomware attack, but the health system didn't pay, according to a report in the Burlington Free Press.

During a Dec. 22 media call with reporters, health system executives described characteristics of the attack. Eleven details:

1. The attack first shut down the hospital's applications, said University of Vermont Medical Center Senior Vice President of Network IT Doug Gentile, MD. The team didn't think it was malware right away, but after about two hours they found a file with the attackers' contact information.

2. The health system shut down its IT network, including the Epic EHR, after identifying the file with contact information to prevent the spread of malware. Health system executives decided contacting the hackers and paying the ransom wouldn't save time or effort, according to a report in VT Digger.

3. UVM Medical Center did not...

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