UF Health targeted in ransomeware attack – WESH 2 Orlando

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University of Florida Health was the target of a ransomware attack, jeopardizing the security of patient and employee personal information.WESH 2 News investigative reporter Greg Fox explains how it's affecting service for patients, part of a growing campaign by cyber-criminals to disrupt and extort money from the health care industry. UF Health patient Dorothy Covin says that she didn't have any problem checking in or out of UF Health Leesburg Hospital. They just didn't use a computer. Patients, employees, and a source close to the investigation, say at least two locations of UF Health, Leesburg and The Villages, were hit with ransomware this week.Ransomware is malicious software, typically delivered in phishing emails, that locks up computers. Sensitive company information is held "hostage" until money is paid.Often, personal, financial, and in this case, potentially, medical information can be stolen and sold to criminals to commit identity theft, which is something Covin does not want happening."Well, I just hope that they don't. That's all I can do," Covin said. "Their systems are down."That's all the hospital told UF Health visitor Sheila Vitruk while she was visiting her husband, but she's not worried about the data breach."Because I trust the staff. I trust the hospital. You know? I really do," she said.It's the second data breach involving UF Health since last August when one of its contractors was compromised by ransomware.A company called Risk Based Security reveals a shocking number of data breaches nationally.In 2020, there were nearly 4,000 publicly reported data breaches. In just 23 of them, more than 2 billion records were exposed. And, health care was the most victimized sector, accounting for 12% of those breaches. Florida health care data breaches were among the worst. In the decade from 2009 to 2019, there were more than 1,400 data breaches. They affected 159 million patients, and in 71% of the cases, personal and financial data was accessed. Bottom line?"The health care data breaches" are putting "valuable personal information at risk." While UF Health investigates this ransomware attack, Florida law demands that it report the breach to patients, employees and other customers, within 30 days. WESH 2 Investigates reached out several times to UF Health, but our messages were not returned. The cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment and referred questions to UF Health.

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

University of Florida Health was the target of a ransomware attack, jeopardizing the security of patient and employee personal information.

WESH 2 News investigative reporter Greg Fox explains how it's affecting service for patients, part of a growing campaign by cyber-criminals to disrupt and extort money from the health care industry.

UF Health patient Dorothy Covin says that she didn't have any problem checking in or out of UF Health Leesburg Hospital. They just didn't use a computer.

Patients, employees, and a source close to the investigation, say at least two locations of UF Health, Leesburg and The Villages, were hit with ransomware this week.

Ransomware is malicious software, typically delivered in phishing emails, that locks up computers. Sensitive company information is held "hostage" until money is paid.

Often, personal, financial, and in this case, potentially, medical information can be stolen and sold to criminals to commit identity theft, which is something Covin does not want happening.

"Well, I just hope that they don't. That's all I can do," Covin said.

"Their systems are down."

That's all the hospital told UF Health visitor Sheila Vitruk while she was visiting her husband, but she's not worried about the data breach.

"Because I trust the staff. I trust the hospital. You know? I really do," she said.

It's the second data breach involving UF Health since last August when one of its contractors was compromised by ransomware.

A company called Risk Based Security reveals a shocking number of data breaches nationally.

In 2020, there were nearly 4,000 publicly reported data breaches. In just 23 of them, more than 2 billion records were exposed. And, health care was the most victimized sector, accounting for 12% of those breaches.

Florida health care data breaches were among the worst.

In the decade from 2009 to 2019, there were more than 1,400 data breaches. They affected 159 million patients, and in 71% of the cases, personal and financial data was accessed.

Bottom line?

"The health care data breaches" are putting "valuable personal information at risk."

While UF Health investigates this ransomware attack, Florida law demands that it report the breach to patients, employees and other customers, within 30 days.

WESH 2 Investigates reached out several times to UF Health, but our messages were not returned. The cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment and referred questions to UF Health.

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