Hospitals in Wisconsin, Georgia, and Louisiana—Southwest Health Center, Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, and Baton Rouge General, respectively—have been targeted by vicious cyberattacks in recent months. In addition to highlighting the healthcare sector’s susceptibility to cybercrimals, it’s a trend that speaks to a larger issue at play, cybersecurity experts say.
Georgia-based Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital confirmed a recent cyberattack in a statement to local news outlet WRBL. Hospital CEO Mark Baker told the news outlet that it immediately launched an investigation into the incident with the help of outside cybersecurity professionals. “Upon learning of the issue, we took immediate steps to protect our environment, including disconnecting certain functionality to protect against any further harm,” Baker said.
Jack Hughson Memorial said that there was currently no evidence that any data was compromised, but it is still in the early stages of its investigation.
“We appreciate the community’s understanding and partnership as we work through this issue. We are taking this matter very seriously and continue to take significant measures to protect the personal information entrusted to us,” the statement continued.
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