Montana medical group locked out of patient files while attackers demanded ransom

Becker's Health IT

Hannah Mitchell

Sapphire Community Health began notifying 4,000 patients about a ransomware attack that locked their files, making them unusable.

The Hamilton, Mont., medical group said that on Feb. 18 an unknown party used an encryption code to lock the healthcare provider out of patients' files. The encrypted files contained Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, names and more. Medical records were not affected in the attack, a notification letter said.

After discovering the data breach, Sapphire...

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