Ascension Health Care Hit by Major Cyber Attack, Affecting 140 Locations

May 11, 2024
Ascension Health Care Hit by Major Cyber Attack, Affecting 140 Locations
  • Ascension St. Vincent, part of Ascension Health Care, was hit by a major cyber attack on May 8, 2024, affecting 140 locations.

  • The cyber attack disrupted crucial systems including electronic health records, patient communication, and phone systems, as well as ordering for tests and medications.

  • Emergency services have been redirected to prioritize urgent care in response to the attack.

  • Ascension is collaborating with both internal and external experts, including Google's Mandiant, to investigate and resolve the issue, though no timeframe for resolution has been provided.

  • The leading theory is that the incident was caused by a ransomware infection.

  • While patient care continues safely, updates on the situation are being communicated via Ascension's website and journalist Matthew Self's Twitter account.

  • The attack on Ascension Health Care comes in the wake of a separate data breach at Dell Technologies, underscoring the growing trend of cyber threats in the healthcare industry.

Summary based on 17 sources


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