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Olean Medical Group and Seneca Nation Health System Hit With Possible Ransomware Attack

Olean Medical Group and Seneca Nation Health System Hit With Possible Ransomware Attack
  • Ransomware attack at Olean Medical Group has crippled the healthcare center’s computer systems forcing the staff and physicians to manually record data with pen and paper.
  • Seneca National Health System is experiencing computer systems failure causing severe downtime.

Olean Medical Group suffered a ransomware attack impacting its computer systems. A similar incident has been witnessed in the Seneca Nation Health System with its computer systems shut down.

Olean Medical Group attack

Olean Medical Group staff reported that it witnessed an attempted ransomware attack that did not access records for 40,000 patients. The attack has crippled the healthcare center’s computer systems forcing the staff and physicians to manually record data with pen and paper.

The chairman of Olean Medical Group noted that the attackers behind the attack seek a significant amount of ransom. He added that they suspect the attack to come from overseas.

  • Upon discovery, the medical group hired a third-party forensics firm to launch an investigation.
  • The investigation confirmed that no personal information or credit card numbers have been compromised in the incident.
  • The healthcare center called over 150 employees for an update on the investigation as well as notified the public about the incident.
  • However, the group is yet to notify the law enforcement authorities and the FBI.

“A lot of these attacks come from overseas, but that’s just conjecture on our part. We want to assure people we haven’t lost any personal information, credit card numbers,” Dr. Fred Lewis, chairman at OMG said.

Olean Medical Group has requested its patients to bring in medications or a medication list, insurance cards and medical history while coming for consultations.

Seneca Nation Health System attack

Seneca National Health System is experiencing computer systems failure causing severe downtime.

  • The systems failure has resulted in the healthcare center not having access to its charts and scheduling system.
  • As a result of which, the healthcare center has requested its patients who have appointments to contact and confirm with them.

However, the Seneca Nation Health System confirmed that no personal information and protected health information have been compromised.

“We are working feverishly to rebuild our system and we apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for working with us at this time,” Mark Halftown, CEO at SNHS said.

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