Attack on Vermont Medical Center is costing the hospital $1.5M a day

Pierluigi Paganini December 10, 2020

The attack that hit the University of Vermont Medical Center at the end of October is costing the hospital about $1.5 million a day.

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.

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

The hospital’s IT staff was still working to restore access to its systems and the operations could take additional time to be completed.

Now Hospital CEO Dr. Stephen Leffler announced that the attack that took place in late October on the computer systems of the University of Vermont Medical Center is costing the hospital about $1.5 million a day in lost revenue and recovery costs.

Leffler estimated that they are about 70% recovered from the attack and that they are still working to determine the root cause of the attack.

“Hospital CEO Dr. Stephen Leffler estimated on a call with reporters on Tuesday that they are about 70% recovered from the attack.” state the post published by the Associated Press.

“Leffler says they’re still trying to pinpoint the exact root of the cyberattack, but they hope to provide more details about the investigation next week, including whether it was a ransomware attack similar to what other hospitals around the country experienced.”

Leffler revealed that the malware employed in the attack infected all 5,000 computers on the hospital’s network. The IT staff at the hospital will decouple parts of the network and it is going to enhance security measures.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Vermont Medical Center)

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