Atlanta Hospital Shut Down by Malware

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An Atlanta-area hospital was forced to close its doors for almost three days last week due to a computer bug.

"Gwinnett Medical Center's two campuses, in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Ga., were forced to declare 'total diversion' status and turn away all but extreme trauma cases beginning Dec. 7, when the hospital's IT department detected malware on its network," writes SecurityNewsDaily's Matt Liebowitz.

"Gwinnett Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Okun told Atlanta's WSB-TV Channel 2 that the malware disabled computer connectivity within the two facilities, meaning staff had to run papers from station to station rather than sending them over the network. The bug hampered several departments, including radiology, pharmacy and labs," Liebowitz writes.

Go to "Computer Worm Forces Hospitals to Turn Away Patients" to read the details.

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