US largely spared in ransomware attack

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  • There were fewer than 10 US victims of the ransomware attack that crippled the United Kingdom's National Health Service on May 12, the US Department of Homeland Security said.
  • Many US healthcare organizations spent the weekend after the worldwide attack began shoring up their information systems, Healthcare IT News reported.

Why this matters

  • Worldwide, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit 300,000 victims from more than 150 countries.
  • It took down an estimated 20% of the UK’s National Health Service, forcing delays in care.
  • US healthcare systems seemed to be spared in part because they had installed a security patch that had been made available by Microsoft.
  • The US Depa...