Hundreds of dental practice data unlikely compromised after ransomware attack


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There is a "very low probability" that the August ransomware attack on hundreds of dental practices compromised patient information, according to an Oct. 4 Wisconsin Dental Association Insurance and Services Corp. report and cited by the American Dental Association. 

The attack impacted data backup system DDS Safe and technology provider PerCSoft Consulting. The attacker used the credentials of a PerCSoft employee, possibly stolen through a cyberattack of another system or phishing attack.

It is not recommended to pay the ransom, but the business can if they deem the possibility of getting their data back is worth the risk, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Due to the number of dental practices impacted, PerCSoft paid the ransom. Most systems have now been restored.

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