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IFHS Investigates Cybersecurity Breach Of Clinic's Computer System

Oct 18, 2017

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services has hired a cybersecurity company after a ransomware attack on its computer system.
Credit Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s clinic is investigating a security breach of its computer system.

The ransomware attack happened in August, according to James Kaech, executive director of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services.

He said the clinic’s access to its computer system was temporarily blocked, but it seems no information was stolen.

“Currently, it doesn’t look like there was any HIPAA breach," said Kaech. "It was just a system breach.”

Patients’ medical information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). That’s why the clinic has hired cybersecurity company Beazley to investigate and confirm the system is safe.

Kaech said a HIPAA attorney is also reviewing their findings.

“We’re hoping that in two to three weeks, we’ll have the final report," he said.

Those final findings will be made public.