Malware, Ransomware

Allied Physicians hit with SamSam ransomware


Allied Physicians of Michiana, Mich., reported it was hit with a SamSam ransomware attack earlier this month, but was able to quickly restore its systems and the healthcare facility does not believe any patient data was compromised.

The attack took place on May 17 and company CEO Shery Roussarie said in a statement that the computer network was quickly shut down to contain the cyberattack. While Roussarie did not say how long the firm's systems were impacted, but indicated its internal IT team working with an outside incident responder and counsel was able to restore operations “without any significant disruption of services.”

Allied Physicians believes the situation has been contained and it is conducting additional forensic work to confirm that personal and protected health information was not compromised during the attack. The FBI, which is also involved in the investigation, told Allied ransomware attacks are usually geared toward obtaining a financial payout and are not designed to extract information, Roussarie said.

Allied did not indicate whether or not a ransom was demanded.

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