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New Jersey Hospital Network Faces Lawsuit Over Ransomware Attack

February 21, 2020 / Sarah Coble
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A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against New Jersey's largest hospital health network over a ransomware attack that happened in December. Threat actors infected the computer systems of Hackensack Meridian Health, causing a system-wide shutdown on December 2. The attack disrupted services at 17 urgent care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes operated by the network.  News of the attack was leaked to the media on December 5. Eight days later, Hackensack confirmed that it had paid an undisclosed sum to retrieve files encrypted in the ransomware attack. Now, a proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed in a Newark district court by two plaintiffs seeking compensation, reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, statutory damages, and penalties.