Brooklyn hospital network victim of cyber hack crash

Brooklyn hospital network victim of cyber hack crash

New York State well being officers acknowledged {that a} community of Brooklyn hospitals whose laptop techniques crashed final month — inflicting chaos for sufferers and staffers — had been subjected to a cyber hack assault.

“The New York State Division of Well being is conscious of an incident and is working with One Brooklyn Community to make sure affected person security,” state Well being Division spokesman Jeffrey Hammond stated late Monday.

“As there’s an ongoing investigation, we can not remark additional.”

One Brooklyn Well being oversees Brookdale, Interfaith and Kingsbrook Jewish hospitals — so-called “security internet” amenities as a result of they serve among the many poorest and neediest sufferers within the metropolis and obtain tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in subsidies from the state.

The community’s governing board is chaired by billionaire Alexander Rovt, a mega donor to Gov. Kathy Hochul.

In the meantime, One Brooklyn Well being CEO Laray Brown additionally despatched a current be aware to medical staffers confirming the database crash that has impacted entry to affected person information was the results of cybersecurity mischief.

A community of Brooklyn hospitals — which incorporates Brookdale — noticed it’s laptop techniques crash final month on account of a cyber assault.Paul Martinka

“Our ongoing investigation has thus far confirmed that the community disruption was a results of a cybersecurity incident,” Brown stated.

She stated she made referrals to regulation enforcement companies to research the suspected cyber hacking crime. 

“We’re involved with related federal, state and native companies and regulators because it pertains to this incident,” Brown stated.

The admission from state regulators got here after a former Brooklyn Councilman and mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and medical lawyer James Schiffer publicly claimed that the hospital system had been hacked and subjected to a $5 million cyber ransom from hackers to repair the mess.

Schiffer stated One Brooklyn Well being is attempting to recreate its hospital database techniques as an alternative of paying ransom. Getty Photographs/iStockphoto

“Superb, One Brooklyn Hospital System (composed of merger of three hospitals) has been hacked and criminals are requesting a 5M ransom. In the meantime, these very important amenities are functioning with pen & paper bc they received’t pay ransom. This in response to a workers member,” Albanese stated in a tweet.

Schiffer, a lawyer and licensed pharmacist with connections to the One Brooklyn Well being, instructed The Submit, “They’ve been hacked. They’re afraid to place it on the market as a result of they’re nervous folks received’t go to the hospitals.”

Schiffer, a accomplice on the agency Allegaert Berger & Vogel, stated One Brooklyn Well being is attempting to recreate its hospital database techniques as an alternative of paying ransom.

Brown instructed staffers that 250 computer systems and 775 cellular units and laptops have been distributed throughout the hospitals to work across the information techniques which were off-line since Nov. 17.

The well being care honcho stated some providers have been restored.

“I can’t promise a timeline for when all our techniques shall be again up and operating,” Brown stated.

She emphasised that “our amenities stay open, and we proceed to offer look after our sufferers utilizing properly established downtime processes.”

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