Dax hospital victim of a major cyber attack

The Dax hospital center (Landes) was the target of a computer attack which still disrupted its functioning Wednesday morning, we learned from the hospital.

The hospital center (CH) was the victim on the night of Monday to Tuesday of an attack attributed to ransomware, according to elements communicated to AFP by a spokesperson for the hospital.

“The hospital was the subject of a computer attack. Our teams are doing their best to restore the situation as soon as possible. The switchboard is impacted “Tweeted the hospital, a 1,000-bed facility, without further details.

The attack caused major disruptions on the hospital’s computer network, which were still ongoing on Wednesday, said the spokesperson for the hospital center, specifying however that the telephone lines had since been restored.

« This attack put our entire information system out of service by data encryption. » specified to Southwest Aline Gilet-Caubere, deputy director of the hospital. ANSSI teams assist the establishment in trying to regain control of the computer system.

« In view of the scale of the attack ”, the prosecution of Dax, initially seized of an investigation for ” fraudulent access to an automated data processing system ‘, relinquished jurisdiction on Wednesday morning in favor of the Paris prosecutor’s office, which has national jurisdiction in cybercrime, Dax prosecutor Rodolphe Jarry told AFP.

A “endangerment of patients”

According to him, the attack constitutes ” a clear and obvious endangerment for the care of patients “.

“The hospital center reacted very quickly », Assured Rodolphe Jarry. This attack echoes the one that had greatly disrupted the Rouen University Hospital in November 2019, without endangering the health of patients, the hospital had at the time underlined. The Paris prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation.

In this type of attack, hackers break into the victim’s computer system and then encrypt their files to make them inoperative, demanding a ransom to unlock them.

Source: Sécurité – 01net by www.01net.com.

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