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The FBI is investigating a multiple-state hospital ransomware attack

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The FBI is investigating a ransomware attack that shut down emergency rooms in several states (via The Guardian). Ambulances were diverted while California-based Prospect Medical Holdings, which has hospitals in several states, “took our systems offline to protect them” and launched an investigation in partnership with “third party cybersecurity specialists,” it said in a statement to multiple outlets.

The Crozer-Chester Medical System (CCMS) in Springfield, Pennsylvania reverted to paper records after most of its computers went offline, and doesn’t expect them back online until next week, according to CBS News. Representatives of CCMS confirmed it was a ransomware attack, reported CNN Friday evening, as did the Eastern Connecticut…

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