Sky Lakes Medical Center targeted in ransomware attack

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Sky Lakes Medical Center announced on Tuesday that it is recovering after a ransomware attack on the hospital’s computer systems earlier in the day.

“Our computer systems have been compromised; as of right now we have no evidence that patient information has been compromised,” hospital officials said in a brief statement.

Regardless, administrators said, communication with the Medical Center will be “complicated” while its computer systems remain down. Emergency and Urgent Care will still be available in the meantime.

“Our entire Sky Lakes team is working to counter this attack, and we will keep you updated on the ongoing details of our efforts to return business back to normal,” Sky Lakes said. “Many scheduled procedures will go on as scheduled, however, if you have questions please contact the hospital or your provider.”

Current filled prescriptions will still be available at Sky Lakes pharmacies.

“Please be patient,” administrators said. “We are working to ensure all medical needs are taken care of during this time. Sky Lakes is open and, as always, Sky Lakes is safe and is here to care for you.”

Ransomware is a type of computer malware designed to threaten the release or loss of sensitive data unless a ransom is paid, often locking the user out of their own system.