Universal Health Services Hit by Massive Cyberattack

October 1, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, For Employers, For the Workforce

Last modified October 2, 2020

According to this article by CNET, computer systems began failing over the weekend after Universal Health Systems, a major provider with over 400 locations primarily in the US, was hit by a cyberattack. With systems offline, some impacted hospitals resorted to recording patient information with pen and paper. Universal Health Systems issued a statement on Monday, confirming that its network was offline due to a security incident.

“The IT Network across Universal Health Services (UHS) facilities is currently offline, due to an IT security issue,” the statement said. “We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible.”

The company said its facilities are using backup processes, like offline documentation methods in the meantime, and patient care is continuing. No patient or employee data appears to have been “accessed, copied or misused,” UHS also said in its statement. 

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