The former chief operating officer of Securolytics, a network security company providing services for the health care industry, was charged with allegedly conducting a cyberattack on Georgia-based Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC).
45-year-old Vikas Singla supposedly disrupted the health provider's Ascom phone service and network printer service and obtained information from a Hologic R2 Digitizer digitizing device in September 2018.
According to the US Department of Justice press release, Singla conducted the cyberattack partially "for purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain" per the indictment.
"This cyberattack on a hospital not only could have had disastrous consequences, but patients' personal information was also compromised," said Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI's Atlanta Field Office.
"The FBI and our law enforcement partners are determined to hold accountable, those who allegedly put people's health and safety at risk while driven by greed."