Virtual Care Retirement Home Technology Provider Victimized ransomware, which has affected access to patient records. The company, based in Milwaukee, USA, said unknown hackers attacked systems , using the ransomware “Ryuk”.
According to the company, the hackers are demanding $ 14 million to unlock the affected archives. Around 110 nursing homes across the country cannot access their patient records, use it Internet, pay their staff or order the necessary medicines.
As reported by Virtual Care Provider owner Karen Christianson, attack has affected 80.000 computers and other facilities, such as Internet and email services, access to patient records, customer charges, telephone systems, and payroll services.
“We have employees asking when they will be paid. But now, everyone is backing up electronic medical records and dealing with the health risks of patients, ”Karen Christianson said in an interview with KrebsOnSecurity.com.
“We have some facilities where nurses cannot find out about medicines or place orders to arrive on time. In another case, we have a small living space, which is a unit paid for by us. And if it doesn't get its money by December 5, it will close its doors, ”Christianson added.
Recently, ransomware attacks in the healthcare sector have increased as sensitive information Patients are very important to the body, making them an attractive target for hackers.
Victoria's government has said seven hospitals and health services in the southwest and Gipsland have lost access to their IT systems and have resorted to more traditional practices.
Hospitals that have been attacked are forced to reject new patients and to cancel some surgeries. Government authorities said they are working with health services and its professionals cyberspace to investigate the incident.