Ireland refuses to pay ransom in attack on its national health service

Ireland refuses to pay ransom in attack on its national health service

The attack had a severe impact on the country’s health and social care services on Friday, but emergency services continued to operate normally, according to health minister Stephen Donnelly. He reiterated that Ireland’s COVID vaccinations were continuing as planned. — HSE Ireland (@HSELive) May 14, 2021 Today has been a challenging day for @HSELive . But in the midst of such challenge the Vaccination programme continues to perform. Aviva vaccination centre has today surpassed 52,000 vaccinations since they opened – more than the capacity of the stadium! pic.twitter.com/QJ9lmvg14F

The HSE tweeted yesterday that it had taken down its IT systems as a precaution to protect them from the attack. According to the Financial Times, the government received a ransom demand to be paid in bitcoin. The attack appeared to affect data stored on the health system’s central servers, reports RTE, but it did not appear any patient data was compromised.

There is a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems. We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us fully assess the situation with our own security partners. Micheál Martin, the country’s Taoiseach (prime minister), says Ireland will not be paying any ransom.

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The Ireland attack comes less than a week after a similar incident at Colonial Pipeline, which took one of the largest fuel pipelines in the US offline. The company reportedly paid a nearly $5 million ransom to the attackers in that instance, to get its systems back online. — Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) May 14, 2021

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