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Texas hospital becomes victim of Dharma ransomware

November 19, 2018 / Charlie Osborne

The Altus Baytown Hospital (ABH) has revealed a ransomware outbreak which may have led to the leak of patient data. In a statement on its website, the Texas-based hospital said that ABH discovered an unauthorized threat actor rifling through the organization's systems on roughly September 3. The "unauthorized party" deployed malicious code and infected the hospital's systems with a strain of ransomware. The ransomware at fault for the infection is known as Dharma. As with most strains, the malware was able to encrypt files and then demanded a ransom payment in return for access. Many of the hospital's records were encrypted due to the attack, and these included files containing patient information such as names, home addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, driver license numbers, credit card information, phone numbers, and medical data.