In turn targeted by a cyber attack, the Oloron-Sainte-Marie hospital has been deprived of its computer system since Monday, March 8, reports France Bleu Béarn Bigorre.
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A cyber attack has paralyzed the computer system of the hospital in Oloron-Sainte-Marie (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) since Monday March 8, France Bleu Béarn Bigorre reported Tuesday March 9. No application is working and no external or internal network is working. A ransom of $ 50,000 to be paid into a bitcoin account is demanded.
The management decided to unplug all IT devices and operate without a computer. Specialized gendarmes are on site to trace the source of the virus and make an inventory to determine which applications can be relaunched as quickly as possible.
Without a computer, healthcare workers find the “pencil-and-paper” method, explains the hospital management. At the moment, no operation is programmed, but scanners are not possible after 6 p.m. The patients concerned are therefore sent to Pau hospital. In addition, the pharmacy no longer has access to its stocks. “It jeopardizes the normal activity of the hospital”, admits Frédéric Lecenne, the director.
27 hospital cyberattacks were recorded in 2020, and one per week since 2021, Secretary of State for Digital Transition Cédric O indicated at the end of February.