Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

DCH Healthcare Systems pays hacker to end ransomware attack

The DCH Hospital system in west central Alabama may be accepting new patients as soon as Monday after resolving a ransomware attack. The Associated Press and the Tuscaloosa News report the three-hospital network paid a ransom to a hacker over the weekend to get a key to unlock its system. Since the Tuesday attack, DCH hospitals in Tuscaloosa, Northport, and Fayette had to resort to paper medical records. The hospitals also had to stop taking all but the most critically ill patients. Everyone else was funneled to hospitals in Birmingham and Mississippi.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.