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Operations of Healthcare Solutions Giant Henry Schein Disrupted by Cyberattack

Healthcare solutions giant Henry Schein has disclosed a cybersecurity incident that disrupted operations and possibly led to a data breach.

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Healthcare solutions giant Henry Schein recently disclosed a cybersecurity incident that disrupted some of its business operations and may have resulted in a data breach.

The company revealed on October 15 that its manufacturing and distribution businesses had been hit by a cyberattack a day earlier.

Henry Schein said it took some of its systems offline to contain the incident, which caused temporary disruption to business operations, but the practice management software used by customers has not been impacted. 

However, at the time of writing, the company’s website is still inaccessible, informing visitors of technical difficulties. 

“The Company has engaged outside cybersecurity and forensic information technology experts to help investigate any data impact and respond to this situation. Henry Schein also has notified relevant law enforcement authorities,” the company said in a brief statement.

The company has not shared any other details on the cyberattack, but its brief description suggests that it may have involved ransomware. SecurityWeek has checked the leak websites of several major ransomware groups, but has found no mention of Henry Schein at the time of writing.

We have reached out to Henry Schein for more information and will update this article if the firm responds. 

Headquartered in Melville, New York, Henry Schein provides business, clinical, supply chain and technology solutions to dental and other medical organizations. The company has 23,000 employees and its solutions are used by more than one million customers globally.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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