Threat Management

Ransomware attack disrupts Campbell County Health

Campbell County Health (CCH) in Wyoming on Sept. 20 was hit with a ransomware attack that has severely disrupted the facility's computer network, requiring a return to paper record keeping and the transfer of some patients to non-affected hospitals.

In a Sept. 23 press conference posted on Facebook, CCH officials said the attack’s impact has been widespread, but at this time it is not believed any patient information was compromised. Very few details concerning the attack is known at this time, but an investigation is ongoing and includes a third-party cybersecurity firm along with local, state and federal law enforcement.

A hospital spokeswoman told SC Media that she could not comment on the ransom demand amount, whether or not paying it is being considered, or if the hospital will use backed-up files to recover from the attack.

Colleen Heeter, CCH’s COO, described the attack, which took place at 3:30 a.m., as a “significant disruption,” that impacted the computer network and disrupted the hospital’s ability to deliver some medical services.

Matt Sabus, CCH’s IT director, said there is no time frame on when the system will be operating.

Although various services have been disrupted, hospital officials said the facility is functioning, with patients receiving the proper care.

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