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United States – Universal Health Services

Exploit: Ransomware
Universal Health Services: Healthcare System Operator

Risk to Small Business: 1.442 = Extreme

Ryuk Ransomware did massive damage at Universal Health Services (UHS), resulting in damage that left UHS hospitals in the US including those from California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Washington D.C. without access to computers and phone systems. The healthcare giant operates over 400 healthcare facilities in the US and the UK, has more than 90,000 employees, and provides healthcare to approximately 3.5 million patients each year. The affected systems are still not fully restored, but patient care impacts are reported as minimal.

Individual Risk: No personal data has been reported as impacted in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is a devastating weapon that bad actors are using to shut down essential services – and attacks are escalating.