At small and rural hospitals, ransomware attacks are causing unprecedented crises

“We were woefully unprepared. You don’t think you’re going to come to work one day and get hit by ransomware."

At 12:08 p.m. on a Monday, a Sky Lakes Medical Center employee tapped an email link.

Within minutes, that click cracked open the Oregon hospital’s digital infrastructure for cybercriminals to infiltrate. By the time IT staff started looking into it, “everything was being encrypted,” said John Gaede, director of information services. On a note discovered in a server, the attackers announced the 100-bed Klamath Falls hospital had been hit with ransomware.

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