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Cybercriminals target Lincoln health care company

Posted at 12:50 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 13:50:29-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln health care company has been targeted by cybercriminals, but company officials said there’s no evidence of any patient data being compromised.

NRC Health said it immediately shut down its system Feb. 11 to contain the ransomware attack, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. The company has reported the attack to the FBI.

Chief information officer Paul Cooper said NRC Health has made significant progress in restoring services to customers and expects full restoration “in the coming days.” NRC Health provides analytics that help health care providers measure and improve quality and services.

“At this time, there is still no evidence of unauthorized access to or acquisition of any data from our systems, including protected health information or other confidential information as a result of this incident,” Cooper said.

Ransomware renders files inaccessible unless a computer user pays the cybercriminals to release them. Cooper declined to say Wednesday whether NRC paid any ransom.