Namaste Health Care in Ashland is notifying about 1,600 patients its office experienced a security incident over the weekend of Aug. 12-13.

During that weekend, it is believed someone gained improper access into the office computer systems and remotely accessed Namaste’s file server.

According to a press release from office officials, the cyber attacker launched a ransomware virus/attack on the file share server, which resulted in the encryption of data housed on that server as of Aug. 14. Namaste took steps to protect patient information and its computer systems, but ultimately had to pay a ransom to the cyber attacker in order to restore and regain access to the affected data.

According to the Namaste Health Care office management, information on the database would include medical records, health insurance or other financial records typically held at a medical office.

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By Bruce Wallace