Ransomware Attack on Maryland’s GBMC Health Spurs EHR Downtime

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

GBMC HealthCare in Maryland is currently operating under planned EHR downtime procedures, after falling victim to a ransomware attack on Sunday, December 6.

The malware infected its IT systems, forcing many GBMC systems offline. Officials said GBMC is maintaining safe and effective patient care, as it had robust processes in place prior to the cyberattack. However, some elective procedures scheduled for the day after the attack were postponed.

“We are collectively responding in accordance with our well-planned process and policies for this type of event,” officials said in a statement. “We regret any inconvenience to our patients, doctors and healthcare partners.”

The attack has since been claimed by Egregor, which is reportedly the follow-up hacking group to Maze: the group that popularized data exortion attempts partnered with ransomware.

The investigation into the incident is...

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