Washington dental clinic locked out of computers after malware attack


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A Longview, Wash.-based dental clinic was locked out its computer systems on July 3 after a malicious software attack, according to TDN.com.

Lower Columbia Oral Health was forced to cancel all scheduled appointments on July 3 because they were unable to access dental software. The malware did not compromise patient data.

Since July 3, Lower Columbia Oral Health has seen a limited number of patients. The dental practice hired an IT company to help resolve the issue.

The malware attack affected customers of PM Consultants, a Portland, Ore.-based information technology consulting and support company. It is unclear how many customers have been affected by the attack.

"We're working to recover backup data, but due to the size and scale of the attacks we're not optimistic about a full or timely recovery," a recorded message on PM Consultants voicemail said.

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