Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a hospital system with two campuses and over 500 beds. It serves the greater Baton Rouge area, and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
A Baton Rouge hospital endured a ransomware attack earlier this summer. Hackers targeted Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana in unison with several other hospitals in the United States. The medical care provider responded to the aggression by temporarily removing its phone, email, and records from the web. Staff members used paper records while the threat was addressed.
Hive hackers conducted a ransomware attack. However, there is some question about how the hacking collective accessed the hospital’s internal systems.
This breach occurred in June 2022.
It appears as though patient functions were not compromised, meaning patients continued to receive medical care throughout the ransomware attack. However, Baton Rouge General has not indicated whether the ransom was paid. Furthermore, conflicted reports surfaced on the web, one of which claimed that patient services had been rerouted or possibly even disrupted during the attack.
It is safe to assume the hackers responsible for this attack viewed patients’ personal information. Reports indicate hackers accessed patient names, social security numbers, dates of birth, and other information in the breach. The attack is yet another example of why computer users, business owners, and others should update their digital protections as soon as possible.
The Baton Rouge Medical Center did not reveal the number of files stolen though it was noted that thousands of patient accounts were accessed. What matters most is whether the information in question was returned to the hospital.
The Baton Rouge Medical Center resumed normal operations without obstruction in the days following the attack, meaning the ransom was likely paid or the organization regained access to its information. Stay tuned as additional information about the hack is revealed.