Maryland Department of Health website taken offline in ‘network security incident’

The Maryland Department of Health website was taken offline over the weekend after what department officials reportedly called a “network security breach.”

The Washington Post first reported that the outage may have been caused by a ransomware attack.

On Monday afternoon, the website was redirected to the Maryland General Government website and the most recent statistics from the state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard are from Friday. On Monday, the dashboard displayed the following message: “MDH is experiencing a server outage. The data will be updated as soon as possible.

Andy Owen, spokesman for the department, said in a statement that the Maryland Security Operations Center is investigating the incident:

The Maryland Security Operations Center is investigating a network security incident involving the Maryland Department of Health. The Maryland Department of Information Technology, Maryland Department of Health, and Maryland Department of Emergency Management are working closely with federal and state law enforcement partners to address the incident. and gather additional information. Some systems have been taken offline as a precaution and other precautions have been and will be taken.

Kevin M. Risinger