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01 Oct 2019 | 02:21 AM UTC

Australia: Cyber-attack impacts hospitals in Victoria October 1

Australia News Alert

Major regional hospitals in Victoria state cancel surgeries and appointments on October 1 following cyber-attack; confirm appointments

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/2/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/Victoria). COUNTRY/REGION Victoria state

Event

Several regional hospitals throughout Victoria state are experiencing procedural delays as of 12:00 (local time) on Tuesday, October 1, following a cyber-attack on the healthcare network. According to government officials, ransomware was installed on the computer network, forcing hospitals to cut access to certain servers including to patient records, booking, and management systems. Delays to procedures and appointments are expected throughout Tuesday as some hospitals are using manual systems to access patient information. However, some surgeries and appoints have reportedly been canceled where hospitals are unable to access patient histories and other necessary information. Health officials have said that emergency services are not being affected and patients can still be treated as they arrive. An investigation into the attack is ongoing and it is unclear when the issue will be resolved.

Advice

Individuals in Victoria state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm hospital appointments, and anticipate longer wait times for some services.

 

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