News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – University of Vermont Medical Center

Exploit: Ransomware
University of Vermont Medical Center: Hospital System 

Risk to Small Business: 1.402 = Extreme

In the wake of recent warnings from US government agencies about increased ransomware risk for healthcare targets, University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM) has landed in that trap. A ransomware attack has led to significant, ongoing tech problems for the University of Vermont Health Network, affecting its six hospitals in Vermont and New York. The Vermont National Guard and the FBI have been working with the tech team at UVM to restore service since the attack first began affecting systems on October 30th. Damage assessment and recovery are ongoing, and some systems are still offline. The hospital says that urgent patient care was not impacted.

Individual Risk: No personal or consumer information was reported as impacted in this incident.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Healthcare targets are in increasing danger from money-hungry cybercriminals who know that medical targets don’t have time for a long, complex recovery procedure, but they do have money.