Hospitals are now fighting more than disease.
The FBI says increasingly, hackers are launching cyber-attacks against medical facilities.
“Hospitals have computers everywhere,” explains Tony Chiappetta, the founder and president of CHIPS, a White Bear Township cyber security firm. “Connecting to patient records, centralized databases, MRI data, all these things.”
This week, a cyber attack hit Prospect Medical Holdings, a company with hospitals and clinics in California, Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
It disrupted computer systems, forcing emergency rooms to shut down, and ambulances to be diverted.