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New state law to protect entities under cyber attack from class action suits amid Ascension Health hack

May 29, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
Ascension Health announced a ransomware attack detected on May 8, prompting them to halt non-emergency procedures and block online patient records. This follows a broader trend of increased ransomware attacks in the healthcare sector. Despite efforts to secure systems, healthcare entities like Murfreesboro Medical Clinic have faced swift class action lawsuits post-breach. A new state law, now pending the governor's approval, aims to prevent such lawsuits unless gross negligence is involved. Critics argue this could provide undue immunity to negligent organizations. Ascension is collaborating with federal agencies and cybersecurity experts to manage the current attack and restore services.
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