Ransomware attack on transplantation network affected more than 17 thousand donors

Ransomware attack on transplantation network affected more than 17 thousand donors

The American non-profit organization Midwest Transplant Network reported a data breach affecting more than 17 thousand people. 

Operators of ransomware hacked into the organization’s network in February this year and blocked access to the systems.

According to the Midwest Transplant Network in a letter to victims, attackers were able to gain access to confidential information about the health of deceased organ donors and recipients, including information about names, dates of births and types of organ donation or transplant procedures.

The company did not say whether the Midwest Transplant Network paid a ransom to restore access to its files.

The Midwest Transplant Network has no reason to believe that the criminals sold or otherwise disseminated the data obtained. A letter informing families of the incident was sent only last week because “the organization wanted to accurately compile a list of victims.”

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