Versailles hospital targeted by cyberattack

The Versailles hospital center, located in Chesnay-Rocquencourt in the Yvelines, has been targeted since Saturday evening by a cyberattack, the management of the establishment said on Sunday, confirming information from France Info. The reception of patients is therefore “limited”, explained the hospital, adding that the computer system had been cut and a crisis unit opened. According to hospital management, the entire hospital center is targeted by the cyberattack, including the André-Mignot hospital, which includes all short-stay and outpatient services.

Asked about BFM TV, the Minister of Health François Braun explained that the cyberattack had “no immediate impact” on the activity of the establishment and that its patient transfers were “not envisaged for the moment”. The hospital “put itself in data protection mode”, continued the minister, specifying that the attack “was detected early”, which made it possible to “start all the protective measures”. The Samu “is not affected” by the attack, according to the Minister of Health.

A precedent in Corbeil-Essonnes

On August 22, the South Francilien Hospital Center (CHSF) in Corbeil-Essonnes, which provides health coverage for nearly 700,000 inhabitants of the greater Parisian suburbs, was also the target of a cyberattack which greatly disrupted its operation during Several weeks. Its activity returned to close to normal in mid-October.

The attack was followed by a ransom demand of 10 million dollars, later reduced to 1 or 2 million dollars. The hackers had set a September 23 ultimatum for the hospital to pay the ransom. After this period, they had disseminated on the “dark web” a series of confidential data concerning patients, staff or partners of the establishment.

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