Scumbag ransomware attackers hit Irish Health Service

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

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.”

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.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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

  1. 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:
    https://imgflip.com/gif/83dl1

  2. 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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