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Estes Park Health victim of a ransomware attack

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On June 18, 2019, Colorado-based Estes Park Health (EPH) reported that a ransomware attack impacted its network, phone, and email systems. Despite taking measures to contain the attack almost immediately, EPH was unsuccessful in its attempts. In return for the decryption keys, EPH paid the attackers a ransom of $10,000.

The incident

On June 2, 2019, EPH's staff noticed abnormalities in their computer system. When they notified the IT department, EPH realized that a ransomware attack had encrypted all files across the network. The software used in the clinic, digital imaging software for storing X-rays and other medical images, was immediately locked down, along with the company’s servers. As soon as the breach was identified, EPH promptly notified its insurance company, plus the FBI and other local law enforcement authorities.

Additionally, EPH sought the help of a third-party cybersecurity forensics firm for damage control. However, to regain access to the encrypted files, EPH had to pay ransom to the attackers.

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