Central Health Hit by Cyberattack

Travis County’s taxpayer-funded health district is investigating a cyberattack that occurred Friday, December 4.  An investigation is underway into unauthorized access on a Central Health computer server to determine the extent of the incident, data affected, and next steps, officials say.

“The incident is potentially a criminal act, and we’re working closely with law enforcement in the investigation,” Central Health President & CEO Mike Geeslin said. “While we do not believe employee or patient data was compromised, we’re not taking anyone’s security for granted and a thorough forensic investigation is required.”

Central Health’s investigation has yet to determine what data was breached or whether the data of other organizations has been affected.

“Our team sees thousands of attempted attacks on our system every day, and we do not take them lightly,” Central Health Chief Information Officer John Clark said. “Fortunately, our Tech Team has people and systems in place for this reason – to detect an attack early on. Because of these efforts, we believe the attack was not fully carried out.”

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