Victim of a cyber attack, a Hauts-de-France hospital group closes its vaccination center

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals have been targets for hackers. A group of hospitals located in Hauts-de-France was the victim of a cyberattack on Friday April 16, according to information communicated by the management of the Hopale Foundation to Agence France-Presse. The vaccination center of Berck-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), managed by the Foundation, will remain closed this weekend.

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At this stage, there would be no “Losses” of data for patients or for employees, insisted management, recalling having “Very secure systems, as it is health data” sensitive. The services of the Hopale Foundation, responsible for about fifteen private non-profit establishments, realized on Monday morning a “Intrusion” in their information system which did not lead to any deprogramming of operations or appointments.

Threatened e-mail boxes and shared drives

The foundation nevertheless decided to” to anticipate “ and not to open its vaccination center in Berck-sur-Mer on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the time “First to see how it evolves”. The slots had not yet been opened for those days, so there are no cancellations, and the center, open on weekdays and which vaccines an average of 250 people per day, will reopen on Tuesday.

The “Alone” consequences would be problems with access to e-mail boxes and shared drives. The experts called upon continue to work on the origin and consequences of the cyberattack.

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The World with AFP