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Cyber attack on hospitals

Cyber attack on hospitals

SHDH remaining 'vigilant' after attacks

The Victorian Government is investigating the scale of a ransomware attack by cyber criminals on some of the state's major regional hospitals.

Hospitals in Warrnambool, Colac, Geelong, Warragul, Sale and Bairnsdale were affected by the attack.

Several services were affected such as payroll and patient scheduling services, but according to investigators, there is no evidence of patient records being accesses.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid.

It is typically spread through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.

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Swan Hill District Health CEO Peter Abraham says that they were made aware of the attacks, but they have yet to affect any of their systems.

"What I'm seeing in the documentation is they've heightened their patching and everything else. [ICT's] vigilance is up to make sure that we're alert to anything coming through the Loddon Mallee region, but at the moment our systems are good.

According to Mr. Abraham, they are well aware that they're not completely safe, but that they need to trust their systems.

"We have a centralised monitoring system and alert system that will keep an eye on any strange activity that comes through that may represent spyware or malware that has been found in other services around the state."

"Although we're not one-hundred percent safe, we have to have trust and confidence in our processes to ensure that we are kept safe..."

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