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U.S., Canada issue ransomware warning for hospitals. Three hit in a week
Modern Healthcare

Cyber security agencies in the U.S. and Canada have issued an alert about the growing number of ransomware attacks affecting healthcare organizations. In the past month, five have reported being hit by computer viruses.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that a Prime Healthcare Services hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego, has been hit by a “malicious software” infection. Last month, two other computer virus infections hit Prime hospitals at Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville.

King’s Daughters’ Health in southeast Indiana locked down its computer systems Wednesday after discovering that a single employee’s files were infected with a ransomware virus. Patient data had not be compromised, the hospital said in a statement on its website.