CHA News Article

Cyberattack Affects Businesses Globally
Hospitals should notify CDPH if they experience attacks

Yesterday, a cyberattack using a variant of ransomware hit businesses in Ukraine, India, France, Russia and Spain, as well as a U.S. pharmaceutical company. Although some hospitals in West Virginia and Pennsylvania also reported attacks, it is unclear whether those were related to the worldwide event. Because the source of the attack remains unknown, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advises vigilance and reminds providers to ensure their systems and anti-virus definitions are updated. Facilities are reminded to use caution when opening links or attachments from unknown sources. If aware of a credible threat or attack on the public health or medical infrastructure, facilities should notify local law enforcement and the California Department of Public Health Duty Officer Program at dutyofficer@cdph.ca.gov or (916) 328-3605. For more information about cybersecurity, visit CHA’s dedicated web page.

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