Cyberattack on Lurie Children’s Hospital Resolved: Health Records and Phone Lines Restored

Lurie Children’s Hospital has made progress in restoring its systems following a recent cyberattack that occurred at the end of January. The hospital confirmed that its internal health records and phone lines were back up as of Monday night, although the patient portal MyChart remains down. Teams are working diligently to fully restore all systems to normal operations.

The cyberattack resulted in disruptions to regular operations at the hospital, forcing it to shut down its phone, email, and other systems on January 31st. Lurie Children’s Hospital acknowledged that the “Rhysida” ransomware was likely responsible for the attack, which prompted them to work closely with law enforcement and security experts. However, detailed information regarding the investigation is not currently available.

According to the ransomware gang, they are demanding 60 bitcoins, equivalent to about $3.4 million, in exchange for “exclusive, unique, and impressive” data taken from the hospital. They have set a deadline of “7 days” for the hospital to comply with their demands. The situation remains ongoing and continues to be monitored closely by hospital officials.

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