Ireland’s Healthcare System Hit By Ransomware Attack

by | May 17, 2021

Ireland’s healthcare system has been hit by a Ransomware attack, with The National Cyber Security Centre providing support to the HSE in identifying the systems affected by the cyber attack and to bring all systems back online.

“Following an initial assessment we know this is a variant of the Conti virus that our security providers had not seen before. 
A ransom has been sought and won’t be paid in line with state policy”, stated the HSE on its website.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) became aware on Thursday of an attempted cyber attack on the Department of Health. The Department of Health has implemented its response plan including the suspension some functions of its IT system as a precautionary measure. This attempted attack remains under investigation, however there are indications that this was a ransomware attack similar to that which has affected the HSE.

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