Ransomware Attack Impacts 522,000 Patients in Puerto Rico

July 29, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

A Puerto Rico-based medical center and a related women and children's hospital are victims of a recent ransomware attack impacting the data of more than 522,000 individuals. The combined incident is currently the largest health data breach reported to federal regulators this year involving ransomware.

In a joint statement issued July 19, Bayamón Medical Center and Puerto Rico Women and Children's Hospital, both part of the same organization and based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, say that on May 21 they discovered that patient information was involved in "a blocking incident" that affected the hospitals' computer network.

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