Irish health service gets hit by ransomware attack

The health service in Ireland (HSE) has temporarily shut down its IT system’s after what it described as a “significant ransomware attack”.

Director-general of the HSE Paul Reid has said that the health service is working with gardaí, the Defence Forces and third-party cybersecurity experts to respond to a cyberattack on its IT system. He said he believes it was “human-operated” with attackers attempting to access data and seeking a ransom. He later clarified that no ransom had yet been sought.

The tweet added that vaccinations for COVID-19 would not be affected and would go ahead “as planned” while another tweet confirmed that Ireland’s National Ambulance Service is operating as normal.

The Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin has cancelled all non-urgent appointments and other hospitals are likely to be impacted.

Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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