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Ascension Faces Multiple Lawsuits Following Ransomware Attack

May 21, 2024
The Cyber Express
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Summary
The recent ransomware attack on Ascension has led to significant legal repercussions for the healthcare network, resulting in two proposed class-action lawsuits filed in Illinois and Texas. These lawsuits accuse Ascension of negligence, specifically for failing to encrypt patient data, which plaintiffs argue has heightened the risk of identity theft. While Ascension has yet to confirm if patient data was compromised, investigations supported by cybersecurity experts are ongoing. The lawsuits underscore the hospital's alleged insufficient cybersecurity measures, which the plaintiffs believe could have prevented the attack. Ascension is working with firms like Mandiant and Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 to restore its systems, yet the organization faces ongoing operational disruptions and legal challenges.
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