Business executive faces charge in cyberattack at hospital | Georgia News
ATLANTA (AP) – An executive of a network security firm has appeared in court for the first time on charges stemming from a 2018 cyberattack on a hospital in Georgia, federal officials have said.
Vikas Singla has been charged with 17 counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and one count of obtaining information from a protected computer, Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine said in a statement. Press release.
A federal grand jury indicted him on June 8.
Singla, 45, of Marietta, Ga., Was the COO of Atlanta-based startup Securolytics, a network security company that served the healthcare industry. He is accused of an attack on Gwinnett Medical Center that involved disrupting phone service, obtaining information from a scanning device and disrupting network printer services, Erskine’s office said. .
“Cyber attacks that target critical infrastructure, like healthcare, pose a serious threat to public health and safety,” Erskine said. “In this case, Singla would have compromised the operations of Gwinnett Medical Center in part for her own personal gain.”
“This cyber attack on a hospital could not only have had dire consequences, but the personal information of patients was also compromised,” said Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI Field Office in Atlanta.
Singla has pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts, court documents show. He was released on $ 20,000 bail and is due back in court on June 23.
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