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Dharma Ransomware Hits Altus Baytown Hospital's Systems

Altus Baytown Hospital (ABH) was hit by a ransomware attack onSeptember 3, 2018, with a lot of documents containing patient info being encrypted and the attackers requesting a ransom to unlock the hospital's data.

As reported by ABH, "Although our electronic health records were not impacted, some of the affected files contained patient information, including patient names, home addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver license numbers, credit card information, phone numbers, and medical information."

Subsequently, ABH began an internal investigation to determine the circumstances that lead to the unauthorized party gaining access to the hospital's systems and infecting them with malware.

To do that ABH also hired risk and security consultants to help with decrypting and restoring the locked files. The outside IT specialists "discovered that the malware was a strain of Dharma ransomwar... (read more)
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