A widespread cyber-attack on hospital computer systems has caused significant disruptions across the United States, leading to the closure of emergency rooms in multiple states and the diversion of ambulances.
The cyber attack targeted facilities operated by Prospect Medical Holdings, a California-based company with hospitals and clinics in Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
In response to the attack, Prospect Medical Holdings took its systems offline and initiated an investigation with the assistance of third-party security experts.
The hospital authorities said it was in the process of reevaluating its downtime capabilities and might have to reschedule certain appointments. It added that affected patients will be contacted accordingly.
The attack prompted primary care services to remain closed. Security experts worked to assess the extent of the damage and find a resolution.
As the investigation continues, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are collaborating with the victim entities to identify the perpetrators and secure data.
In the aftermath of this widespread cyber-attack on hospital computer systems, the US healthcare sector faces critical challenges as authorities work to restore normal operations and bring the perpetrators to justice