Johnson Memorial receives ransom request, cyberattack continues | #computerhacking | #hacking

By Leeann Doerflein | Daily Journal
For The Republic

FRANKLIN, Ind. — A ransom has been issued by the group or individual behind the hacking on the Johnson Memorial Health computer network hacking.

No details about the amount of the ransom request can be shared at this time, said Dr. David Dunkle, the hospital president and CEO.

Dunkle was advised to keep the details on the ransom private for now, he said.

Until there is a clear path forward the hospital is looking at all contingencies and trying to maintain normal operations without the aid of computers, he said.

“We continue to try to determine the extent of the attack by the perpetrator. A lot of our focus over the last 48 hours has been ensuring that the hospital, physician practices, and ancillary services are able to operate as close to normal as possible,” Dunkle said.

Investigation into what information, if any was compromised in the attack is still ongoing, Dunkle said. The network remains disabled while the investigation continues. The IT team and the FBI have been working around the clock to get to the bottom of the attack, he said.

The hackers gained access to the hospital’s network at 10:31 p.m. Friday and installed ransomware by 10:33 p.m. The hospital’s IT team discovered the attack within about 15 minutes and immediately shut down the system.

Without computers, employees are filling out all patient records on paper, cannot electronically communicate with other healthcare agencies and the emergency department is still on diversion because real-time reporting of staffing and bed count can’t be shared with local emergency medical providers.

For the complete story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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