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Tallahassee Memorial hit with potential ransomware attack

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A serious hospital system in northern Florida mentioned Friday it’s diverting some emergency room sufferers and canceling surgical procedures after a safety downside with data know-how.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare mentioned the problem started affecting its programs late Thursday evening and has pressured the hospital to close down its IT community.

It had the hallmarks of a ransomware assault, however the hospital has not but characterised it as such, as an alternative calling it an “IT security issue.” Victims typically no less than initially decline to substantiate ransomware assaults.

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A press release from the hospital mentioned it has rescheduled non-emergency affected person appointments and has diverted some emergency room sufferers. It mentioned it’s not shifting sufferers at the moment within the hospital to different amenities.

All nonemergency procedures have been canceled and rescheduled, the assertion mentioned. It is unclear when programs will return on-line. The hospital mentioned it has been working with legislation enforcement.

The hospital, headquartered in Tallahassee, gives well being care throughout 21 counties in northern Florida and southern Georgia, based on its web site.

Cybersecurity agency Emsisoft mentioned there have been 25 ransomware assaults involving hospitals or hospital programs final yr.

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