Israeli Hospital Targeted by Ransomware

A surprise ransomware cyber-attack at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera shut down its computer systems early Wednesday morning which put Israel under heightened alert. 

Only non-urgent procedures were affected, as the hospital announced that it migrated to an alternative system to continue its treatments. The Ministry of Health and Cyberpro Israel immediately picked up the case.

Health Ministry Director-General Nachman Ash sent a letter to hospital administrators to be vigilant for similar attacks and print out medical records.

The hospital staff returned to record patient data manually with pen and paper. Doctors also constantly walked between departments to review test results which caused delays in treatment.

Health ministry officials speculated that the attack was only financially motivated and not an attack by an enemy state

The Health Ministry and the National Cyber Directorate, together with other experts, still continue to investigate the incident. Experts were already deployed to the hospital to restore the hospital’s systems as quickly as possible.

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