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Hospitals in Australia’s Victoria state go offline following ransomware assault


A few major hospitals in Victoria State were recently hacked within an alleged ransomware assault resulting in the closure of booking systems while triggering off fears about the security of patient information. It's also said that there'll be delay in outpatient care and surgeries. According to the government, the criminals didn't access personal details of patients. The maximum impact has been on hospitals belonging to South West Alliance of Rural Health and Gippsland Health Alliance.


Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria told reporters, October 2, that there would be certain interruption in outpatient appointments as also in non-urgent care. However, there would be no disruption in emergency procedures, he said.


Describing the attack as extremely criminal, Premier Andrews said plentiful planning had been done in attacking the hospitals. Many days or even weeks of toil would be required for restoring the network, he stated.


According to Victoria government, together with Victoria cops it had embarked upon ongoing work for managing the situation while specialists from Australian Cyber Security Centre were expected to come from Canberra for helping restore the system.


According to a spokesperson of the department, many servers all over the state were affected; however, investigations were ongoing for figuring out the attack in its entirety. Hospitals had taken several systems offline and isolated them for quarantining the ransomware's infection, he stated.


Principal Advisor David Cullen to Victoria government with respect to cyber incidents stated that the regional hospitals were tackling highly advanced cyber-criminals. www.abc.net.au posted this, October 1, 2019.


Mr. Cullen further stated that the impacted hospitals were arranging their bookings as well as their scheduling for lessening potential effect on patients. At the same time it was necessary to say that certain services might require rescheduling where employees weren't given access to data related to patients. According to the premier, he couldn't dismiss the probability of the attackers in the incident being the identical ones who infiltrated Royal Melbourne Hospital's server.


While the exact origin of the cyber assault isn't known, it's possibly an international one. As per Mr. Cullen, the majority of cyber assaults Victoria government experienced emerged from offshore situated online criminals.


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