The University of Barcelona (UB) has made available to Clínic, your university hospital, all human and technological resources to alleviate the effects of cyberattack from a week ago. In a statement, the UB government team denounced this Monday that “all attacks of this nature are intolerable, but this one is especially serious, given that affects the health, well-being and life of people”.
The ‘ransomware’ type attack, for which the hackers requested the payment of 4.25 million euros that the Generalitat will not pay, affects since Sunday March 5 the Clinic computer system, three primary schools that it co-manages (Les Corts, Borrell and Casanova) and the Idibaps research center. The Hospital Clínic expects to recover normality between this Monday and tomorrow Tuesday, after a week without connections or access to medical records or databases, which has forced a return to paper work.
The UB has explained that it has put at the service of the Hospital Clínic all its human resources, technological and institutional measures to help mitigate the effects of the attack. Along the same lines, it has ensured that they will continue to develop technological Mechanisms, training plans and programs awareness that put cybersecurity at the center of the University and its institutions linked, such as the Hospital Clínic.
For the UB, applying security measures is “essential for, between all and all, prevent attacks of these characteristics, that seriously affect the proper functioning of the institutions”. Thus, the Office of the Rector has issued a series of recommendations in terms of cybersecurity for all personnel linked to the institution.
As the Generalitat is not going to pay the ransom requested by the cybercriminals, the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia and the Mossos d’Esquadra they see likely that patient or clinical research data will be leaked.
That information could also be sold and used by criminals to trick users into getting a profit, for example through the ‘phishing’, which consists of the sending emails or messages that impersonate the identity and request personal and banking information from the citizen.
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