A major cyberattack has disrupted hospital computer systems across the United States, leading to the closure of emergency rooms in several states and the diversion of ambulances. The disruption has caused significant hardships, with elective surgeries, outpatient appointments, and other services suspended, impacting patient care.
The cyberattack is believed to be a ransomware attack, in which cybercriminals exploit security vulnerabilities to access sensitive data and then hold it hostage, demanding ransom payments. The FBI is investigating the incident.
The disruption has highlighted the growing threat of cyberattacks to hospitals and healthcare organizations. Hospitals and healthcare organizations need to take steps to protect their computer systems from cyberattacks, including implementing strong security measures and having a plan in place to respond to a cyberattack.