Australian Hospitals Hit by Ransomware Attack

Seven hospitals and several health centers in Australia were hit Monday with a ransomware attack, according to the Victorian government. 

Hospitals in the Gippsland Health Alliance and South West Alliance of Rural Health were impacted by the attack. The groups include operators of hospitals in Warrnambool, Colac, Geelong, Warragul, Sale, and Bairnsdale as well as a host of services in smaller towns.

“The cyber incident, which was uncovered on Monday, has blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management,” a Department of Premier and Cabinet spokesperson said in a statement.

The department said there was no suggestion that personal patient information had been accessed.

The government said it was working with Victoria Police to manage the incident and experts from the Australian Cyber Security Centre will help secure the system.

The department spokesperson said a “number of servers” across Victoria were impacted but investigations were still underway to determine the full extent of the attack.



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