New Jersey’s largest hospital system falls victim to ransomware attack

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New Jersey’s largest hospital system paid an undisclosed sum last week to regain control over its systems after being hit by a ransomware attack. 

Hackensack Meridian Health, which operates 17 medical facilities, said in a statement that  it was insured for such emergency situations.

The cyberattack forced the rescheduling of nonemergency surgeries while doctors and nurses had to attend to patients without access to their electronic records. 

The network’s primary clinical systems are reported to be back online and Hackensack Meridian said it found no indication of any patient information abuse.   

The company was quick to notify the authorities, including the FBI. The hospital also spoke to cybersecurity experts and the forensic department in an attempt to determine the scale of the attack and identify the culprits.