Cyber Attack on Hospital amidst COVID-19
By Aneesh A S
Last Friday , The University Hospital Brno in the city of Brno, Czech Republic was struck by a cyberattack. The Hospital is one of the 18 laboratories in the Czech Republic that is currently used for testing for COVID-19. The results for COVID-19 tests in the past couple of days, as a result of this attack , have been postponed.
Though the hospital officials have not revealed the severity of the attack or the level of security violation , the incident was considered severe enough to suspend essential surgical operations and move critical patients to the nearby St. Anne’s University Hospital.
The cyberattack comes at this desperate time when there are about 340 confirmed infections in the country of Czech Republic and around 4,800 people in quarantine. The government has announced a state of emergency and enforced strict restrictions on crossing the border.
The staff of the hospital has been restricted from using the computers. The medical services have been redirecting upcoming patients to other nearby hospitals.
The hospital administration have not revealed all details of the attack as to whether it was a ransomware attack among other things. The National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) is working to identify the origin of the problem and fix the current situation. The National Organized Crime Center is also currently involved in the case.