The hospital center (CH) was the victim on the night of Monday 8 to Tuesday 9 February of a cyberattack attributed to ransomware, according to information communicated to AFP by a spokesperson for the hospital.
“We are back to paper and pen”, told France Bleu a member of the staff of the health establishment. “We are obliged to set up degraded procedures in paper mode”, confirmed the management near South West, evoking “A serious and complex situation”.
The investigation entrusted to the Paris prosecutor’s office
“The hospital was the subject of a computer attack. Our teams are doing their best to restore the situation as soon as possible. The switchboard is impacted ”, tweeted the hospital, a 1,000-bed facility, without further details.
[ALERTE – CYBER ATTAQUE]
The CH was the subject of a computer attack. Our teams are doing their best to restore the situation as soon as possible.
The telephone switchboard is impacted.
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– CH Dax-Côte d’Argent (@chdax) February 9, 2021
The attack caused major disruptions on the hospital’s computer network, which were still ongoing on Wednesday, said the spokesperson for the hospital center, specifying however that the telephone lines had since been restored.
“In view of the scale of the attack”, the Dax prosecutor’s office, initially seized of an investigation for fraudulent access into an automated data processing system, relinquished its jurisdiction on Wednesday morning in favor of the Paris prosecutor’s office, which has national jurisdiction in the area of cybercrime, a Dax prosecutor Rodolphe Jarry told AFP.
According to him, the attack “Brought down the computer systems and the hospital telephone, with a clear and obvious endangerment for the care of patients”.
“The hospital center reacted very quickly”, assured Rodolphe Jarry.
In 2019, the Rouen University Hospital suffered a similar attack
This attack echoes the one that seriously disrupted the Rouen University Hospital in November 2019, without endangering the health of patients, had at the time underlined the hospital. The Paris prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation.
In this type of attack, hackers break into the victim’s computer system and then encrypt their files to make them inoperative, demanding a ransom to unlock them.