Maryland authorities are investigating a cyber attack that took the state health department offline last weekend after discovering whether information was stolen.
“The Maryland Security Operations Center is investigating a network security incident involving the Maryland Department of Health. The Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Emergency Management are working closely with law enforcement partners at the federal and state levels to resolve the incident and gather additional information, “Department spokesman Andy Owen said in a statement to The Hill.
“Certain systems have been taken offline as a precautionary measure and other precautionary measures have been and will be taken,” said Owen.
As of Monday morning, the department’s website will redirect to the main Maryland government website.
This attack comes just days after Maryland announced it three cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant had been established in the state. The cases were found in people who lived in the Baltimore area, with two of the infected people from the same household.
“This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update Marylanders as new information becomes available,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R).
Earlier this year the city in Maryland did Leonardtown was taken offline due to a ransomware attack was carried out by a break-in at Miami-based tech company Kaseya. The ransomware gang REvil reportedly asked for $ 45,000 for every computer that was taken offline, despite city officials not considering paying.
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