UF Health Florida Hospitals Suffer Network Outage After Cyberattack

UF Health Florida Hospitals Suffer Network Outage After Cyberattack

UF Health The Villages Hospital

UF Health Central Florida has suffered a reported ransomware attack that forced two hospitals to shut down portions of their IT network.


The University of Florida Health, also known as UF Health, is a healthcare network of hospitals and physician practices that provide care to countries throughout Florida.


Today, BleepingComputer has learned that UF Health The Villages Hospital and UF Health Leesburg Hospital suffered a cyberattack preventing access to computer systems and email.


In a statement shared with BleepingComputer, UF Health states that UF Health Central Florida detected unusual activity and shut down portions of their networks to prevent further risks to their organization.


"On the night of May 31, UF Health Central Florida detected unusual activity involving its computer servers. Our information technology team is collaborating with IT experts on our Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses to investigate the situation and mitigate any potential risks.


"In an abundance of caution, we have suspended access to some of our Central Florida systems, including email, and have implemented our backup procedures as our teams continue to work to ensure that all data and networks are secure.


BleepingComputer was told that there is no indication that UF Health in Gainesville or Jacksonville was affected by the attack.


While UF Health would not shed further light on the attack, Villages-News reports that the hospitals were affected by a ransomware attack that has forced employees to switch back to pen and paper.


Both hospitals continue to see patients and provide healthcare.


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