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Ransomware Attack Forces Indiana Hospital to Turn Ambulances Away

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Hackers are going after U.S. hospitals with a fresh wave of cyberattacks this week just as coronavirus cases surge around the country.

Eskenazi Health, a health-care service provider that operates a 315-bed hospital, inpatient facilities, and community health centers throughout Indianapolis, was crippled by a ransomware attack that began between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, a spokesperson told The Daily Beast.

By 8 a.m. Eskenazi Health was turning ambulances away and diverting patients to other hospitals as a result of the ransomware incident, the spokesperson said.

“A ransomware attack happened,” an Eskenazi spokesperson told The Daily Beast, confirming that all of Eskenazi Health’s locations—its hospital, its inpatient facilities, and its community health centers—are impacted. The spokesperson added that Eskenazi Health was working to contain the ransomware by shutting down some services and operations in order to try to keep the malware from spreading through its systems.

“They took all of our systems down so they wouldn’t get breached,” the spokesperson said, confirming email systems and electronic medical records were still down as of Thursday evening.

Eskenazi Health is not alone. Sanford Health, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered health system which includes 46 hospitals and care locations in 26 states and 10 countries, said in a statement Thursday it had been hit with a cyberattack in recent days as well. Sanford Health did not confirm whether it was the victim of ransomware, but president and CEO Bill Gassen confirmed to The Daily Beast it was working to “contain” the impact.

In both the Sanford Health and Eskenazi Health cases, patient data and employee data........

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