Hospitals in Ohio and West Virginia turn away patients after ransomware attack

Two hospitals in Ohio and West Virginia have been forced to turn away emergency patients after their computer systems were crippled in a ransomware attack over the weekend. The hospitals — the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, detected the ransomware attack on Nov. 23. It spread through their networks over the weekend.

The details of the form of ransomware were not known, but the attack caused system failures. The hospitals could not process incoming emergency patients, forcing them to divert those requiring medical treatment to other local hospitals.

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