The human cost of ransomware: Disruption to Irish health service will continue for months

Ireland’s health service faces months of disruption as it continues to recover from a ransomware attack, the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned.

HSE, which is responsible for healthcare and social services across Ireland, fell victim to what was described as a “significant” ransomware attack on 14 May.

The attack has been attributed to the Conti ransomware gang. The cyber criminals provided HSE with a decryption tool for free but have threatened to publish information stolen in the attack – potentially a violation of patient privacy – if they don’t receive a ransom of a reported $20 million in bitcoin, something that HSE vowed not to pay.

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Source: ZDNet