Irish Healthcare Service IT Systems Shut Down After Ransomware Attack

After the "significant ransomware attack", Ireland's health service has interimly shutdown its IT system.

The HSE stands for Health Service Executive (HSE). It is a public health and social care service that provides services to everyone living in Ireland. To protect the IT service from the ransomware attack, Ireland’s health services HSE had to shut down their network. This step is taken as a precautionary measure to further protect the system from the attack.

Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the incident was having “a severe impact on [the] health and social care services”.

On Twitter HES said;

“There is a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems. We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us fully assess the situation with our own security partners,”

HES also apologized to the people mishap situation because people would surely be suffering due to this incident.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to patients and to the public and will give further information as it becomes available.”

Several Appointments have been cancelled due to this ransomware attack however extreme emergency situations would be dealt with. Gynaecology care hospital has at yet only opened the appointments for women who are 36 weeks pregnant or more. National Ambulance Service is also working as usual.

On Friday, Anne O’Connor of the HSE said;

“This continues to Monday, we will be in a very serious situation and we will be cancelling many services. At this moment we can’t access lists of people who are scheduled for appointments on Monday, so we don’t even know who to cancel,”

But most importantly COVID-19 vaccination program is not troubled by the attack and is operating as usual. “Due to a serious IT issue, all outpatient visits are cancelled today”.

As yet the attackers have not been negotiated about the ransom nor did they put out any as such demand.

It is also not been confirmed that to what extend ransomware has attacked HSE. HSE along with the defence forces and cybersecurity experts working to fix this issue as soon as possible.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said;

“We are working with all of our major IT security providers and the national security cyber team are involved and being alerted, so that would be the major state supports including gardai [Irish police] the defences forces and third party support teams,”

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