Ireland’s Health Services hit with $20 million ransomware demand

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Ireland’s health service, the HSE, says they are refusing to pay a $20 million ransom demand to the Conti ransomware gang after the hackers encrypted computers and disrupted health care in the country.

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE), the country’s publicly funded healthcare system, shut down all of their IT systems on Friday after suffering a Conti ransomware attack.

We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us fully assess the situation with our own security partners, the Irish national health service said.

This IT outage has led to widespread disruption in the country’s healthcare, causing limited access to diagnostics and medical records, transcription errors due to handwritten notes, and slow response times to healthcare visits.

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