• 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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