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Malware attack hits Penn. system hard

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Heritage Valley Health System (HVHS), based in Sewickley, Penn., was infected by a malware virus called Petya late Tuesday morning that hit the  “entire health system including satellite and community locations,” says the system’s Web site. Observers increasingly believe that the worldwide cyberattacks now underway originated from Russian government operatives, although things got so out of control that some Russian enterprises have also been affected by accident.

Early Wednesday morning, HVHS said it was shutting lab and diagnostic services in “medical neighborhoods and community locations” and it referred patients to its two hospitals. The integrated healthcare system has 60 physician offices and 18 community satellite facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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