Wellington Regional Medical Center Part of a Ransomware Cyberattack

Wellington Regional Medical Center is part of a major hospital chain that was the target of one of the largest medical ransomware cyberattacks in U.S. history, according to NBC News.

Universal Health Services  said in a statement on its website Monday that its company-wide network “is currently offline, due to an IT security issue.”

“We implement extensive IT security protocols and are working diligently with our IT security partners to restore IT operations as quickly as possible,” the statement said. “In the meantime, our facilities are using their established back-up processes including offline documentation methods. Patient care continues to be delivered safely and effectively. No patient or employee data appears to have been accessed, copied or misused.”

A person familiar with the company’s response efforts told NBC News that the issue “looks and smells like ransomware.”