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Major hospital system hit with massive cyber attack

Universal Health Services which has more than 400 locations in the U.S. was hit during the early morning hours of September 27th
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Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 10:50 AM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -A major computer outage is affecting major hospital chain Universal Health Services which is the same Doctors Hospital uses.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the unspecified IT security issue has affected to the local hospital.

According to the Associated Press, the computer outage has forced doctors and staff to resort to filling out information on paper.

AP goes on to say that a cyber-security adviser to the American Hospital association called it a “Ransomware attack.”

In a statement released by UHS, it reads in part, “While this matter may result in temporary disruptions to certain aspects of our clinical and financial operations, our acute care and behavioral health facilities are utilizing their established back-up processes including offline documentation methods.”

The company says there is no evidence that patient or employee information was access, copied or misused.

UHS operates 250 hospitals nationwide including here in Laredo.

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