Ransomware hack cripples Universal Health Services hospitals, facilities across the US

Corrections and clarifications: A previous version of this story misidentified Universal Health Services, the health care provider hit by the cyberattack.  


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A nationwide cyberattack has crippled operations at Universal Health Services, one of the nation’s largest health care providers.

As a result, health care personnel reportedly began keeping records on paper as computer systems began failing over the weekend and some hospitals have sent incoming ambulances to other neighboring hospitals.

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Universal Health Services posted an update on the situation Monday morning on its website stating the IT network across its facilities was offline due to “an IT security issue.”

The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-headquartered health care giant’s operations include 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities and 42 outpatient facilities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.K.

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The attack targeting Universal Health Systems occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 27, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The Fortune 500 company, which owns more than 400 hospitals and healthcare facilities around the United States, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, does not believe private information was compromised.

“At this time, we have no evidence that patient or employee data was accessed, copied or misused,” the company said.

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