• Universal Health Services, a hospital chain with over 250 locations in the US, was hit with a cyberattack that has caused its computer and phone systems to fail.
  • The attack, first reported by Bleeping Computer, bears the signs of a ransomware attack in which hackers hijack an organization’s systems and refuse to turn them over unless the victim pays a hefty ransom.
  • UHS, one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, reportedly had to cancel surgeries and reroute ambulances as it scrambled to address the cyberattack.
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An unprecedented cyberattack against one of the largest hospital chains in the US has compromised the computer and phone systems at hundreds of hospitals this week.

Universal Health Services, which operates more than 250 hospitals across North America, started experiencing outages Sunday night that logged all staff out of computer systems and blocked them from logging back in,

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  • A hospital in Düsseldorf was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday last week.
  • The attack meant the hospital was unable to accept emergency patients, so a woman in need of urgent care had to be taken to a hospital 20 miles away and subsequently died.
  • The state prosecutor is currently investigating the cause of death to determine whether a charge of negligent manslaughter will be brought against the hacker or hackers.
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A hospital in Düsseldorf was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday last week, and a woman died as the hospital struggled to come back online.

According to a report from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s justice minister, the attack encrypted 30 servers at the hospital, making them inaccessible.

German news media and the Associated Press report that while the Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf IT systems were paralyzed it was unable to accept

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  • A high school student has been arrested and charged with a cyberattack that took down the servers of Miami-Dade County public schools this week, the school district said in a statement.
  • The attack crashed the district’s online learning platform and blocked students from logging on during their first week of online classes.
  • A 16-year-old student admitted to carrying out a distributed denial-of-service attack, and the FBI is now investigating the incident, the district said.
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A 16-year-old student has been arrested and charged with orchestrating a cyberattack that crashed the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ online learning platform during the first week of classes, the school district said Thursday.

The district began its first day of online classes on Monday, with all students signing on remotely. But almost immediately, classes were disrupted when students encountered glitches that made it difficult to log on to the

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  • Netacea is a cybersecurity firm that helps firms protect themselves against vicious automated programs called “bots” that could steal user data in cyberattacks.
  • In July, a Netacea survey suggested three-quarters of UK businesses have been attacked by bots.
  • The 200 businesses surveyed said bots took up 15% of resources on their websites, apps, and interfaces between apps, and just 1% were aware of marketplaces that sell stolen accounts. In 2018, cybercrime generated $1.5 trillion globally, according to the multinational IT security provider Check Point.
  • In an interview with Business Insider, Netacea’s chief technology officer Andy Still shared four practical actions every business should take to protect themselves and their consumers from bot attacks.
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2019 was the year of the cyberattack. More than half a billion Facebook users’ data were found exposed on unprotected Amazon cloud servers in April, and a month later,

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