University of Vermont Medical Center has yet to fully recover from October cyber attack

Pierluigi Paganini November 30, 2020

The University of Vermont Medical Center has yet to fully recover from a cyber attack that crippled systems at the Burlington hospital.

In October, ransomware operators hit the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and the University of Vermont Health Network. The ransomware attack took place on October 28 and disrupted services at the UVM Medical Center and affiliated facilities.

The ransomware attack has caused variable impacts at each of its affiliates.

A month later, the University of Vermont Medical Center is continuing to recover from the cyber attack that paralyzed the systems at the Burlington hospital.

The hospital announced that only on Tuesday it had restored access to its main electronic records system at the hospital

“The restoration includes inpatient and ambulatory sites at the UVM Medical Center and ambulatory clinics at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Porter Medical Center in Middlebury and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.” reported the Associated Press.

Unfortunately, the hospital’s IT staff is still working to restore access to its and the operations could take additional time to be completed.

At the time of this writing, the hospital officials excluded that threat actors have compromised any personal information about patients.

In October, the news of the attack comes a few hours after The FBI, the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued a joint alert to warn hospitals and healthcare providers of imminent ransomware attacks from Russia.

This security advisory describes the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with cyber criminals that could target organizations in the Healthcare and Public Health Sector (HPH) to infect systems with Ryuk ransomware.

At the time of the alert, the government agencies receive information about imminent attacks, threat actors are using the TrickBot botnet to deliver the infamous ransomware to the infected systems.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Vermont Medical Center)

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