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Flint Hospital Experiences Cyberattack Just a Day after Video Threat Posts of Anonymous


One hospital in Flint, Michigan, has experienced a cyberattack just one day after a group of hackers anonymously threatened to act over the water pollution crisis, which is affecting the city. The clip posted on last Wednesday, 20th January, announced about a new anonymous campaign namely #OpFlint, aimed to bring more attention to the awful situation of residents of Flint. Officials have taken the decision to reduce local expenses, and thus decided to use the water from the polluted (local) Flint River instead of Lake Huron, source of water supplying Detroit.

But this new supply of water has not turned out to be at par with health standards, and many people began to fall sick. Despite all these, the national media and other higher ranked officials came to know about this only in 2015 and that too, after President Barack Obama declared a national state of emergency in the area of Flint.

Anonymous said in the video: "More than 3,000 children staying in Flint have been diagnosed with lead poisoning and other dirty water diseases. We encourage the Flint city to raise voice and demand for criminal charges against its Governor Snyder. We will remain alongside you and intensify your voice, which mainstream media has failed to do so like it has failed in the past." Other than local dissent and militias formed by residents of Flint, this campaign was joined by Anonymous last week, with a promise to utilize its cyber powers to bring added information to limelight. Local Michigan news site, MLive, announces that IT staff of Hurley Medical Center was reporting on a cyber-attack, which activated some virus infections alerts on their systems.

Ilene Cantor, spokeswoman of the hospital, said: "Hurley Medical Center has IT frameworks set up, which help in recognizing cyberattack or virus. As such, all protocols and policies were followed in connection to the latest cyberattack on our system. We have not compromised on taking care of patients, and we are closely observing all systems to make certain that IT security is constantly maintained."

International Business Line posted on 25th January, 2016, stating that no other details have been released about cyberattack and nobody has claimed responsibility also, but the timing of the cyberattack is creating a curiosity to indicate that the Anonymous might be behind the attack.

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