A cyberattack on a N.J. hospital revealed serious vulnerabilities. More are coming.
The computers went down first. Then the phones stopped working. And inside CentraState Medical Center, chaos suddenly erupted. A ransomware attack the morning of Dec. 30 paralyzed the Freehold hospital, locking up its computer systems and essentially knocking it back into the 20th century. “It was stressful throughout…” said a hospital employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. “People were frustrated.” Everything had to be handled manually on paper. Lab orders, prescriptions, X-rays — all had to be handwritten on forms and delivere…