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By Clare O’Gara
Mon | Nov 25, 2019 | 7:47 AM PST

This ransomware outbreak might be putting your loved ones at risk.

Wisconsin-based IT company Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI) provides more than 100 nursing homes with IT consulting, internet access, data storage, and security services. That involves about 80,000 computers and servers at nursing homes.

And the company just became the victim of a Ryuk ransomware attack.

KrebsOnSecurity covered the outbreak:

In an interview with KrebsOnSecurity today, VCPI chief executive and owner Karen Christianson said the attack had affected virtually all of their core offerings, including Internet service and email, access to patient records, client billing and phone systems, and even VCPI's own payroll operations that serve nearly 150 company employees.

The care facilities that VCPI serves access their records and other systems outsourced to VCPI by using a Citrix-based virtual private networking (VPN) platform, and Christianson said restoring customer access to this functionality is the company's top priority right now.

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