Cybercriminals encrypt 15,000 medical files belonging to Australian hospital and demand ransom

[ FEB 22, 2019 ]

A cybercriminal group broke into a computer network that belonged to an Australian hospital and encrypted around 15,000 medical files. Cabrini Hospital, located in Malvern, Australia, was the victim of a ransomware attack.

Melbourne Heart Group, which is based at the hospital, reported that it was not able to access patient files for three weeks, which led to the discovery of the attack. The attackers demanded a ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency in order to decrypt the files.

Cabrini Hospital told affected patients that their files had been lost but did not inform them of the breach. In fact, when some patients turned up for consultation, their records were missing from the database. The Age, which covered the incident, reported that despite the ransom payment being made, many files were still encrypted.


 

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