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Greater Baltimore Medical Center Hit with Ransomware

The Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend (December 5-6) that potentially delayed procedures planned for Monday. Cyber attacks against medical providers and hospitals are at an all-time high, which is particularly difficult while hospitals are trying to address the rising need for services during the pandemic.

GMBC has stated that no patient information has been misused and it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to recover from the incident.

It is a dire reminder of how important it is for hospitals, medical centers and providers to keep cybersecurity prevention measures as a top priority even as COVID-19 is raging across the nation and taxing health care resources. The cybercriminals have no sympathy for the stresses placed on care givers during the pandemic, and in fact, are using it to take advantage of vulnerable systems at the worst possible time.

Kelly Sweeny contributed to this article. 

Copyright © 2021 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 345
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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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