Tampa General Hospital in Florida successfully repelled a ransomware attack, but missed an important detail
Not everything turned out as well after two months as we would like …
One of the largest hospitals in the state of Florida recently stated that hackers stole the sensitive data of more than 1.2 million patients during a ransomware attack at the end of May.
Hospital Tampa General has about 7000 employees and more than 1000 beds for patients from several districts of the region. On Thursday, hospital management released a notice explaining that on May 31, security experts detected unusual activity on the hospital’s network and quickly contained it.
The management noted that specialists managed to prevent data encryption, which could seriously disrupt the hospital’s ability to provide care to patients. However, after investigation by a third-party firm, it was discovered that the hackers were on the hospital’s network from May 12 to May 30 and were able to upload sensitive information to more than 1.2 million people before attempting to encrypt the data.
This sensitive information includes names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, health insurance information, medical record numbers, patient account numbers, service dates, and treatment information used by the hospital for its operations.
The hospital reported the incident to the FBI and provided the agency with all available information about the hackers. In addition, Tampa General said it will contact those affected and provide free credit monitoring services to those whose data has been compromised.
“Patients are advised to check statements from their insurers and health care providers, and to contact them immediately if they discover any services that they did not receive,” the hospital said in a statement.
It is noteworthy that the city of Tampa, where this hospital is located, has already become the subject of discussions on our website this month. The thing is, a couple of weeks ago we wrote about the ransomware attack on the local zoo – ZooTampa. Responsibility for this attack was quickly claimed by the relatively young BlackSuit group. It is possible that she is also involved in the cyberattack on Tampa General Hospital.