US Fertility (USF), America’s largest fertility center, states that they suffered a ransomware attack in September of this year. USF is composed of 55 locations across 10 states and employs more than 80 physicians. In an official statement from USF, “On September 14, 2020, USF experienced an IT security event [..] that involved the inaccessibility of certain computer systems on our network as a result of a malware infection, through our immediate investigation and response, we determined that data on several servers and workstations connected to our domain had been encrypted by ransomware.” USF retained third party experts and notified appropriate law enforcement agencies immediately after detecting the attack to investigate the incident. USF also took down the affected servers and workstations after the attack was discovered. The information impacted in the attack includes names, addresses, dates of birth, MPI numbers, and social security numbers of patients. The company also states that they have no evidence of actual misuse of individuals’ information.
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