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Vermont Hospital Says Cyberattack Was Ransomware

December 24, 2020

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While the Burlington-based University of Vermont Health Network, which serves hospitals in Vermont and upstate New York, had said its systems were attacked on Oct. 28, officials had not confirmed the attack that disabled the system’s 600 applications was ransomware.

On Tuesday, hospital officials said its information technology workers found a file directing them to contact the attackers if they wanted their systems restored, but it did not contain a request for money.

“We considered it for about five seconds,” said Doug Gentile, the chief information officer for the UVM Health Network.

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