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A billion-dollar electronic health records company in Chicago is struggling to recover from an attack of a variant of the SamSam Windows ransomware.

Allscripts was hit on Thursday by an attack through data centres in Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. The company has 180,000 doctors across nearly 45,000 ambulatory facilities, 2500 hospitals and 17,000 post-acute organisations on its client register.

A report from CSO Online said Jeremy Maxwell, the company's director of information security, had told customers on Saturday that its PRO EHR and Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances services were the worst affected.

On Sunday, the company told customers that they would have to be prepared for issues to continue through the week, as it continued to use back-ups to restores files that had been encrypted.

“We are working around the clock to get everybody up and running by [Monday morning]. However, in terms of planning — in an abundance of caution — it would be advisable to plan for a continued outage though Monday,” said Robyn Eckerling, chief privacy and security counsel at Allscripts.

The company was hit by the Windows ransomware at about 2am on Thursday Eastern Time. Four hours later, the attack had grown to the extent that Allscripts had to call in Microsoft and Cisco for assistance.

In its latest communication, Allscripts said Mandiant, a division of the security firm FireEye, was also involved in investigations.

The attack on Allscripts came a few days after Hancock Health Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana, and Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana, were hit by another variant of SamSam. Hancock paid 4 bitcoin (about US$55,000) to recover its files, deciding to do so rather than restore files from its back-ups.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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