According to sources, Mountainside Medical Center (a Medical organization in New Jersey) was hit with a cyber attack. It was first reported on 2023-11-28.

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Source 1  |  2023-11-28

Montclair Hospital Targeted in Thanksgiving Day Cyber Attack

“Mountainside Medical Center and a network of hospitals in East Texas catering to numerous patients annually, had temporarily diverted patients to other facilities. The attack forced hospitals to rely on paper-based processes as computer networks were compromised. While healthcare workers are trained for such situations, the shift to manual processes can slow down operations and impact efficiency. “

“The cyberattack underscores the growing threat of ransomware, which involves hackers locking computer systems and demanding payment for their release, causing disruptions in healthcare services, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “

“The incident prompted intervention from the federal US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which contacted Ardent Health Services on November 22, a day before Thanksgiving, after detecting malicious cyber activity affecting the company's systems. Ardent Health had already identified an anomaly in its systems on November 20 and had engaged external cybersecurity resources to investigate. By Thanksgiving Day, it was confirmed as a ransomware attack. “

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