Cyberattack forces French hospital to suspend operations


Local news reports say that a hospital in the Paris suburb of Versailles was shut down over the weekend. This meant that all surgeries had to be postponed and some patients had to move.

According to Franceinfo, a cyberattack hit the André-Mignot hospital in Chesnay-Rocquencourt, Yvelines, around 9 p.m. local time on Saturday evening, rendering several computer displays to go dark.

An AFP report says that six patients from the facility’s critical care and newborn departments were moved to other hospitals as staff tried to keep up with treatment and keep outpatient services running.

Francois Braun, the minister of health, said that the attack led to a “complete restructuring” of the hospital. He said that more people are needed in intensive care because many key devices no longer being connected to a network and must be watched more closely.

Media reports suggest that the outage on the 700-bed hospital seemed to be the result of ransomware.

If that’s the case, it comes on the heels of a large ransomware assault on another plant near Paris in September of this year. When the LockBit 3.0 gang asked for a $10 million ransom, the Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF) in Corbeil-Essonnes had to go back to using pen and paper.

The GHT Coeur Grand Est hospital group said earlier this year that a $1.3 million ransom demand forced it to limit internet access at its hospitals in Vitry-le-Francois and Saint-Dizier.

As with the CHSF incident, the hackers kept their word and shared important patient information they had found online.

There is no information yet on whether the hackers that broke into the André-Mignot hospital were successful in taking any data during the attack.

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