Cyber Crime

University of Maryland Medical System investigating malware attack

University of Maryland Medical System investigating malware attack

The University of Maryland Medical System is investigating a malware attack on its computer system that occurred early Sunday, according to the hospital network.

The ransomware-style attack affected about 250 of the hospital system’s 27,000 devices, said Jon Burns, the hospital system’s chief information officer and senior vice president.

Ransomware is a malicious software — or malware — designed to deny access to a computer or data until a ransom is paid. In this case, Burns said, the infected computers were not encrypted by the malware, so the hospital system did not need to pay a ransom to unlock the devices and the virus was isolated before it spread further, he...

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