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Top Story: Ransomware attack forces major healthcare provider to turn patients away

Last week, we made you aware of the ransomware attack at the 217-bed Methodist Hospital, a critical care facility in Kentucky. This attack caused the facility to declare a state of emergency, and now the same thing has happened again. This time in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

According to reports, portions of the hospital chain MedStar Health were hit by a major malware attack this past Monday.

The attack made the facility's computer system practically inoperable by forcing the shutdown of its three main clinical systems. Since the attack, patients have been turned away and systems are very slowly coming back online.

In a recent statement, officials from the healthcare facility stated that no patient records had been compromised. The hospital is also not acknowledging that ransomware was involved. However, the Washington Post has reported that employees of the hospital saw pop ups on their screens requesting payment of in the amount of 45 bitcoins (a form of digital currency, which is the equivalent of $19,000) in exchange for the decryption key.

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