Sonoma Valley Hospital Website, Email Addresses Hijacked

Jessica Davis reports on a potentially very serious cyberattack that is not the type of thing you’ll usually read on this site:

Sonoma Valley Hospital was forced to give up its coveted three-letter domain name in early August after hackers hijacked its website, according to local news outlet Sonoma Index-Tribune.

The website had been registered with Sonoma Valley from September 23, 1996, with a September 22, 2021 expiration date. But the record was updated on August 7 and is now in the “hands of pirates.”

Read more on Health IT Security. So any patients who don’t know about the hijack and send emails to their doctors or the hospital — or payment info, now have their PII or PHI in the hands of the hijackers? If these were indeed hijackers, then this is not a good situation.

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