The North West hospital, located in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Tarare and Trévoux, is the victim of ransomware which has blocked more than 3,000 computer stations, according to Le Progrès. The attack occurred on Monday, February 15, at 4:30 a.m. All workstations have since been disconnected and all telephony has been made inaccessible, with the exception of the emergency switchboard. All documents given to patients are now produced by hand. Patients requiring emergency treatment are referred to other hospitals or clinics until further notice. Today’s surgeries, Tuesday February 16, have been postponed. However, no patient transfer has been scheduled so far.
This is the second such attack in less than a week on a hospital. On Tuesday February 9, the computer and telephone networks of the Dax hospital center were also made unavailable by ransomware, forcing the nursing staff to set up procedures degraded in paper mode. In a recent report, Anssi finds that the number of ransomware attacks has more than tripled in France in the space of a year.
Source: Sécurité – 01net by www.01net.com.
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