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FBI Investigates Georgia Health System Ransomware Attack

Nearly a week after a ransomware attack was first detected at St. Joseph's/ Candler, the Savannah, Ga., area's largest health-care system is still not yet back to normal as officials work with the FBI on the incident.

(TNS) — Nearly a week after a ransomware attack was first detected at St. Joseph's/ Candler, the area's largest healthcare system is not yet back to normal.

Spokesman Scott Larson released this update Wednesday afternoon:

" St. Joseph's/ Candler is continuing to investigate the 6/17 cybersecurity incident and has been in contact with the FBI. Our physicians, nurses and staff are working diligently to provide patient care. SJ/C is admitting patients and performing surgeries, and oncology services are currently on schedule.

"We thank our patients for their patience during this time, and regret any delays they may experience as we continue to work diligently to address this situation."

Faith-based and nonprofit St. Joseph's/ Candler is the largest hospital system in the area. Its two anchor hospitals offer a total of 714 beds compared to 612 beds at Memorial Health University Medical Center. St. Joseph's/ Candler employs about 4,200 people compared to Memorial's 3,657.

As Larson previously noted, patients with appointments for imaging, surgery, primary care, specialty physician practices or any other outpatient procedure are advised to keep their appointments. The hospital will contact patients if they need to be rescheduled.

This advice now applies also to cancer care patients.

Cyberattacks on hospitals has been growing exponentially in recent years, with one source calling healthcare the "No. 1 target for cybercrime," according to a report in Becker Hospital Review.

Larson declined to comment on whether or how much ransom the hackers demanded.

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