Report: American Healthcare Giant UHS Hit With Ransomware Attack

“No patient or employee data appears to have been accessed,” said a statement.

Sohil Nikam

September 29, 2020

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American healthcare giant Universal Health Services (UHS) was reportedly hit with a ransomware attack early on Sunday morning. According to sources, the incident led to the locking of computers and phone systems at several UHS facilities across the US, including those in California and Florida. The screens on their computers apparently changed to display text that referenced the “shadow universe” which is consistent with the Ryuk ransomware. UHS hasn’t totally admitted to this attack, but has said in a statement that its IT network “is currently offline, due to an IT security issue.”

UHS, one of the largest healthcare providers in the US, also wrote in its statement, “We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible. In the meantime, our facilities are using their established back-up processes including offline documentation methods. Patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively.” It has made it known that no patient or employee has been accessed, copied or otherwise compromised.

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