Universal Health Services (UHS) stated that the attack suffered by the gang of Ryuk ransomware in September 2020, "cost" her 67 million dollars. Universal Health Services is an American Fortune 500 company that provides hospital and healthcare servicesemploys more than 90.000 staff, providing services to approximately 3,5 million patients each year, in more than 400 healthcare facilities in USA and United Kingdom.
UHS said a few days ago that the high financial impact of the Ryuk ransomware attack was due to the fact that the majority of adverse effects were due, among other things, to acute care services and the loss of operating income due to the relative reduction in their activity. patients. These also include some labor costs, professional remuneration and other operating expenses incurred as a direct result of this security incident and related interruption in the company's operations.
Universal Health Services also incurred significant costs to rehabilitate functions IT as fast as possible.
According to BleepingComputer, UHS was able to restore most of its affected systems as well as hospital operating systems at the end of last October, after the start of the process of restoring all business functions and IT infrastructure, immediately after the attack.
Universal Health Services said it was continuing research on that incident security, noting that so far there is no evidence to suggest that an unauthorized access, theft or abuse data patients / staff.
In October, the US government warned of attacks Ryuk ransomware against healthcare organizations, including hospitals and healthcare providers.
Ryuk ransomware gang associates have been observed hitting about 20 companies a week in the third quarter of 2020 and, starting in November 2020, are behind a huge wave of attacks on the US healthcare system.
Security researchers estimate that RaaS earned at least $ 150 million. The losses reported by UHS last week are followed by two other similar announcements over the past year, made by IT service provider Cognizant and Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro. The two Companies reported revenue losses of up to $ 70 million and over $ 40 million, respectively.