FBI investigating computer virus
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a computer virus that shut down MedStar Health Inc. on Monday, March 28.
MedStar, which has 10 hospitals in the MarylandWashington, D.C., area including MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, have remained open and functioning, but without its electronic records systems.
“The FBI is aware of the incident and is looking into the nature and scope of the matter,” the FBI Baltimore Field Office, which is the lead for the FBI on the
investigation, said in a statement.
The computer virus paralyzed the daily operations of MedStar hospitals as patients were not able to schedule appointments, and staff were locked out of their email accounts.
“Early [Monday] morning, MedStar Health’s IT system was affected by a virus that prevents certain users from logging-in to our system,” MedStar said in a statement. “MedStar acted quickly with a decision to take down all system interfaces to prevent the virus from spreading throughout the organization. We are working with our IT and Cyber-security partners to fully assess and address the situation.”
“Currently, all of our clinical facilities remain open and functioning,” officials added. “We have no evidence that information has been compromised. The organization has moved to back-up systems paper transactions where necessary.”
The cyber attack forced the hospital chain to rely on using paper documents and backup computer systems. Despite the lack of computers, patients did not get a delay in their medical treatment as all hospitals remained open.
“Networks temporarily shut down to prevent virus spread. We have no evidence of compromised information. All facilities remain open,” MedStar Franklin Square said in a tweet on Monday.
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center