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Ransomware attack hits MedStar Health, network offline

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    MedStar Health, which calls itself the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and Washington, D.C., was forced to disable their network on Monday after an alleged Ransomware attack infected several systems.

    According to a statement from MedStar, early Monday morning, their network was "affected by a virus" preventing certain users from logging-in to their systems.

    MedStar operates 10 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient offices in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.

    "MedStar acted quickly with a decision to take down all system interfaces to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the organization. We are working with our IT and Cyber-security partners to fully assess and address the situation. Currently, all of our clinical facilities remain open and functioning. We have no evidence that information has been compromised. The organization has moved to back-up systems [and] paper transactions where necessary," the MedStar statement concluded.

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