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Alabama hospitals resume accepting patients after malware attack

Added 10-11-19 04:18:03pm EST - “The company hasn't said how much ransom it paid to regain control of its systems, but an executive said insurance covered the cost.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Alabama hospitals resume accepting patients after malware attack”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An Alabama hospital chain that quit accepting new patients after a malware attack crippled computer systems said it has resumed normal operations after paying a ransom demand.

The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette resumed admitting patients Thursday, and its imaging and patient scheduling services were going back online Friday.

The system said key operations were back to normal 10 days after a ransomware attack encrypted information and prevented its computer systems from communicating with each other. The hospitals kept treating people, but new patients were sent to alternative locations in Birmingham or Mississippi.

The company hasn’t said how much ransom it paid to regain control of its systems, but an executive said insurance covered the cost.

“We had to gain access to our system quickly and gain the information it was blocking,” chief operating officer Paul Betz told a news conference.

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