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Czech hospital hit by cyberattack while in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak

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The Brno University Hospital in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, has been hit by a cyberattack right in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak that is picking up steam in the small central European country.

Hospital officials have not revealed the nature of the security breach; however, the incident was deemed severe enough to postpone urgent surgical interventions, and re-route new acute patients to nearby St. Anne's University Hospital, local media reported.

The hospital was forced to shut down its entire IT network during the incident, and two other of the hospital's branches, the Children's Hospital and the Maternity Hospital, were also impacted.

The infection took root at around 5 a.m. in the morning, local time, Peter Gramantik, a patient in the hospital at the time, and a security researcher with Sucuri told ZDNet via email today.

"The hospital public announcement system started to repeat the message that all personnel should immediately shut down all computers due to 'cybernetic security'," Gramantik told us.

"This message was repeated like every 30 minutes.

"Around 8 a.m. there was another public announcement that all the surgeries are cancelled," Gramantik said, who was then sent home.

source: www.zdnet.com

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