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Ransomware Attack Forced Ohio Hospital System to Divert ER Patients

Malware infection fallout sent ambulances away from East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center over the Thanksgiving weekend.

A ransomware attack that hit computer systems at the East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center reportedly disrupted the hospitals' emergency rooms.

The attack hit the evening of Friday, Nov. 23, leaving the hospitals unable to accept ER patients via emergency responders. Those patients were diverted to other area hospital emergency rooms, The Times Ledger newspaper reported. 

Karin Janiszewski, director of marketing and public relations for the hospitals, told the paper that the two hospitals hit by ransomware were able to handle walk-in ER patients, and that the IT team had hoped to have the attack "resolved" by Sunday, Nov. 25. "We have redundant security, so the attack was able to get through the first layer but not the second layer," she said. "There has been no patient information breach."

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