Tuesday 17 October 2017

Three Irish hospitals targeted in cyber attack

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THREE hospitals have been targeted for cyber attack by the ransomware virus, it emerged today.

HSE officers however said they were able to isolate around 20 affected machines quickly from the rest of the network.

This meant the spread of the computer infection was halted in time before it infected other machines.

The HSE said the disruption to patient care has so far been minimised.

The news comes after the HSE decided to keep its network isolated from external communications for a further 48 hours as a protection against cyber attack.

It means that it will not be accepting any external emails.

It is continuing to install anti-viral software in around 1,500 devices which could be vulnerable to malware virus which has already struck the NHS

HSE chief Tony O'Brien said in a tweet today that he will extend the external shield for another forty eight hours.

The hope was that it could be re-opened at 11am today.

The decision is expected to affect regular HSE business although the extent of patient disruption is not yet known.

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