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Finger Lakes Health deals with ransomware computer attack

Mar 29, 2018
Originally published on March 20, 2018 3:52 pm

A local health care system is dealing with an attack on its computer system.

Finger Lakes Health, which includes hospitals in Geneva and Penn Yan, as well as long term care facilities, and primary care practices is dealing with a ransomware type attack.

The organization says that around Midnight on Sunday, Finger Lakes Health was notified electronically that certain systems had been encrypted by an outside party who is demanding payment if Finger Lakes Health wants access again.

Officials with the health care organization say that there is no indication that patient or employee information has been compromised.

Finger Lakes Health says it immediately implemented procedures which it had practiced for in instances like this. They say like many other health systems and businesses, they have prepared because of the increase in these types of incidents.

Finger Lakes Health is working with law enforcement and security professionals to bring back the affected systems as quickly as possible.

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