WY: Gillette hospital targeted in ransomware attack

Seth Klamann reports:

Campbell County Health in Gillette was targeted in a ransomware attack Friday, according to an alert the state Department of Health sent to health care providers.

The attack occurred early Friday morning, at approximately 3 a.m. The hospital “experienced serious computer issues” due to the attack. This caused a “service disruption” at the facility.

Read more on Casper Star-Tribune. Updates on the situation are provided on the county’s web site.  At the time of this posting, there is a notice at the top of the home page saying:

Patients presenting to the Emergency department and Walk-in Clinic will be triaged and transferred to an appropriate care facility if needed. No other services are seeing patients at this time.

Their most recent update, at 10:30 this morning, states:

UPDATE 9/21, 10:30 am
The Emergency Department is open and staffed with our expert team of physicians and nursing to assess and evaluate patient care needs. CCH Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has additional ambulances on duty to serve the community. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Current Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Behavioral Health, Home Health and Hospice, and The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center patients are being safely cared for. We are working with regional facilities to transfer patients who need a higher level of care.

The Walk-in Clinic is open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-6 pm with the last patient taken at 5:30 pm.

Our patients are our highest priorities. We understand this is inconvenient and disruptive. As was described today during a conference call with the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, ransomware is a very sophisticated criminal attack that restricts access to the affected computer system. At this point in time, there is no evidence that any patient data has been accessed or misused. The investigation is ongoing, and we will provide updates when more information becomes available. We are working diligently to restore complete access to our services.

There is not ETA or prediction as to when full services will be restored.

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