He Hospital Sant-Pierre in Brussels, that yesterday suffered a cyberattack like the one at the Clínic, has already recovered normal. In the early hours of Friday to Saturday, the computer servers from the center began to slow down severely. But late yesterday afternoon the computer scientists had already managed to restart the servers. Thus, the hospital has reopened its emergencies and it is again 100% operational, according to the Belgian newspaper ‘Le soir’.
This hospital suffered a cyberattack a week after the Clínic, which is still affected and with its professionals working with pen and paper, although the management of the center calculates that It will return to normal this Monday or Tuesday. In the case of the Belgian hospital, the origin and purpose of the cyberattack is unknown, as is whether any ransom was demanded. In the case of the Clinic, the Ransom House cybercrime company He has blackmailed the Government to publish or resell the hospital data to third parties if he does not pay 4.5 million dollars.
When around one in the morning from Friday to Saturday, the computer servers of the Hospital Saint-Pierre in Brussels began to seriously slow down, the computer technicians on duty were alarmed. “Very quickly, they were able to detect abnormal activity on the computer network and around four in the morning they said we were most likely going victims of a cyberattack explained Philippe Leroy, executive director of the center, to the Belgian outlet.
“In collaboration with the specialized services of the federal police and the prosecutor’s office, we have launched the emergency plan established specifically for this type of situation. As several hospitals have already been targeted by hackers, we have put in place a procedure to be able to maintain the activity of the hospital as much as possible”, said Leroy. More specifically, these procedures implied the disconnection of servers and the return to communication “on paper” within the hospital, as happened to the Clinic.
However, late yesterday afternoon, the computer scientists had already managed to restart the servers. “100% of the technological applications are once again operational”, celebrated Leroy. “And in particular the computerized history of the patient, which allows us get back to working normally.” added. For several hours, in order not to overload the hospital, Central 112 diverted ambulances to other hospitals.
However, right now the emergency department at the Saint-Pierre Hospital is already open. Leroy has thanked the voluntary work that many professionals from the center did on Saturday to ensure patient care. Compared to others hospitals in Belgium and with the Clínic who were victims of hacking, Saint-Pierre was able to restart your computer servers very quickly. “We cross our fingers that it continues like this, but we can say that the emergency plan against cyberattacks that we have been developing for 18 months has helped us”.
With the help of the federal police and the prosecutor’s office, the hospital’s IT team will continue to analyze every corner of the network to ensure that no no trace of the virus. So far, no observations have been made data leak doctors.
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