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Boston Children’s Hospital comes under repeated cyber attacks

Boston Children’s Hospital was hit with a series of cyberattacks this week that tried to take down its website, officials said Wednesday. However, it does not appear the attackers were successful in crippling the website, and Children’s said that so far no patient data or its internal systems had been compromised.

“Over the weekend and through today, Boston Children’s Hospital’s website has been the target of multiple attacks designed to bring down the site by overwhelming its capacity,” spokesman Rob Graham said in a statement.

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Children’s added it had contacted law enforcement authorities, who are now investigating the source of the attacks. No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility.

Cybersecurity officials say that it is not surprising that a hospital would be targeted in a cyberattack.

“After all, a hospital knows just about everything there is to know about their patients, which is very valuable information for criminals,” said Eric Cowperthwaite, vice president for advanced security and strategy at Core Security of Boston.

Michael B. Farrell can be reached at michael.farrell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeMBFarrell.
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