Sonoma Valley Hospital’s ‘security incident’ was Russian ransomware attack

Sonoma Index Tribune

Anne Ward Ernst

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s internet interruption that started Oct. 11 has now been identified as a cyberattack, likely caused by Russian-controlled ransomware that has attacked six hospitals across the country, according to reports.

The hospital responded to the attack by taking all electronic systems offline and launched an investigation. The ransom was not paid and hospital officials are working with law enforcement and cyber experts to rectify the situation, the hospital’s public statement said.

The hospital board was briefed about the ransomware attack and advised by experts to not discuss the situation publicly because it may “encourage or influence the approach of the perpetrators,” said Bill Boerum, board member of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District.

The cybercriminals were...

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