Second entity in Mobile, Alabama hit with ransomware

Nicole Fierro reports that in addition to the Springhill Medical Center, steel Blastech Mobile has also been crippled by a ransomware attack.  According to an employee interviewed by NBC:

“They actually told us we’ve been cyber attacked and somebody has money held over our CEO’s head,” they said, adding “I don’t know the exact amount but it’s in the millions for them to get the system back.”

That doesn’t sound likely as a ransom amount, but it does seem as if the entity has been seriously impacted.  Blastech offered the following comment to NBC:

We became aware of a cyberattack across our network a few days ago and are currently investigating the source of the attack. This incident has severely impacted our systems and operations, including email and phone service. We are currently working to get all business operations and services back online as quickly as possible.

Our employees continue to be our first priority. We provided all employees with an update on this situation earlier in the week and we will continue to communicate with them as the situation develops.

We are also investigating whether customer information was compromised, and we will be reaching out to any impacted customers as developments warrant.

This is a complex situation that continues to develop. We are monitoring progress on a daily, if not hourly, basis and continue to work in the best interests of our customers and our employees.

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