Scumbag ransomware attackers hit Irish Health Service

Scumbag ransomware attackers hit Irish Health Service

Earlier today, Ireland’s health service (the HSE) shut down all of its IT systems following a ransomware attack.

In a tweet, the HSE confirmed that it had suffered a “significant ransomware attack.”

Hse tweet

According to an RTE report, some hospitals in Dublin have cancelled outpatient visits – and the National Maternity Hospital has confirmed there will be “significant disruption” to its services, unless expectant mothers are 36 weeks pregnant or later.

According to HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid no ransom demand has yet been received.

While IT systems are down and workers are locked out of electronic records, hospitals are believed to resorting to using pen and paper. No details have yet been shared as to what ransomware may have hit the Irish Health Service.

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It’s bad enough for any organisation to be hit by a ransomware attack. For hospitals to be impacted by a ransomware attack while the country is recovering from a pandemic, and dealing with backlog of patients who need urgent care, is even more despicable.

But clearly scumbag ransomware gangs don’t give a damn about that.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

2 comments on “Scumbag ransomware attackers hit Irish Health Service”

  1. Philip

    I wish Dr Hax was a real person. Because nothing would be more satisfying than scum like that being smacked in the face with a CRT monitor:

  2. avagadro2k

    It's time to start taking this seriously. A menu of responses might include:
    deny internet access by host countries for all traffic (particularly transactions)
    deny travel access from host countries.
    slam digital currencies with regulations until they give-up the perpetrators.
    Think that might get someone's attention? (I'm thinking of you Vlad)

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