US and Australian hospitals affected by ransomware attacks


Hospitals and health service providers in the United States and Australia were affected by ransomware attacks that demanded the administrators to shut part of their IT infrastructure.

In total, ten hospital which includes three in Alabama and seven in Australia have been hit with paralyzing ransomware attacks that affects their ability to take new patients.

The three hospitals that make up the DCH Health System in Alabama were closed to new patients on Tuesday

The DCH Regional Medical Center, Northport Medical Center, and Fayette Medical Center from West Alabama’s Tuscaloosa, Northport, and Fayette, had limited access to their computing systems.

According to the DCH representatives, the hospitals have implemented emergency procedures to ensure safe and efficient operations in the event technology dependent on computers is not available.

Similarly, at least seven hospitals and health services in Gippsland and south-west Victoria have been impacted by a cyber security incident.

Hospitals have isolated and disconnected a number of systems to quarantine the infection. They blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management.

Further investigations regarding this are still taking place and any evidence about personal patient information being accessed is not found so far.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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