Healthcare technology provider Omnicell reveals ransomware attack

Health technology company Omnicell disclosed in a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it recently fell victim to a ransomware attack.

Omnicell is an American multinational company that manufactures automated medication management systems in healthcare facilities, as well as patient engagement software for pharmacies.

In its most recent Form 10-Q filing with the SEC, the company noted that some of its internal systems were hit by a ransomware attack on May 4, 2022.

“There is an impact on some of the company’s products and services, as well as some of its internal systems,” Omnicell said.

The company says it took immediate action to contain the incident and also implemented plans to “restore and support continued operations”.

Although it has already notified law enforcement and contacted cybersecurity experts to investigate the incident, Omnicell has yet to determine the extent of the attack.

“The company is in the early stages of its investigation and assessment of the security event and cannot determine, at this time, the extent of the impact of such an event on our business, results and performance. operations or our financial condition or whether this impact will have a material adverse effect,” Omnicell said.

Omnicell did not provide further information about the ransomware used in the attack and did not say whether the attackers stole corporate or personal information.

In its 2021 Internet Crime Report earlier this year, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) noted that the public health sector was the most targeted by ransomware last year.

In 2021, IC3 received 148 complaints of ransomware attacks from healthcare companies, double the number received from organizations in the information technology sector, which was the third most targeted sector.

As Omnicell points out, however, organizations are also prone to various other types of cyberattacks and insider threats.

“Our IT systems and third-party cloud services are potentially vulnerable to cyberattacks, including ransomware, or other data security incidents, by employees or others, which may expose sensitive data to unauthorized persons” , noted Omnicell.

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Ionut Argire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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