Ransomware Attack Takes 18 Romanian Hospitals Offline

Written by Gabby Lee

February 12, 2024

Ransomware Attack Takes 18 Romanian Hospitals Offline

A recent cyber attack has disrupted the operations of 18 hospitals in Romania. The targeted healthcare management system, known as the Hipocrate Information System (HIS), was rendered offline after its database was encrypted during the ransomware attack.

“During the night of 11-12 February 2024, a massive ransomware cyber-attack targeted the production servers running the HIS information system. As a result of the attack, the system is down, files and databases are encrypted,”

“The incident is under investigation by IT specialists, including cybersecurity experts from the National Cyber Security Directorate (DNSC), and the possibilities for recovery are being assessed.

“Exceptional precautionary measures have also been activated for the other hospitals not affected by the attack.”

Romanian Ministry of Health said.

The Recent Romanian Ransomware Attack Had a Wide Impact

The recent Hospital Cyber Attack in Romania has had a widespread impact on hospitals, including regional centers, cancer treatment centers, and others. A team of cybersecurity experts from DNSC is currently investigating the incident. In order to allow the affected hospitals to concentrate on restoring their IT services and data, DNSC has advised against reaching out to their IT teams.

The Ministry of Health has provided a list of impacted hospitals, as of the time of this article’s publication.

  • Buzău County Emergency Hospital
  • Pitesti County Emergency Hospital
  • Emergency County Hospital “Dr. Constantin Opris” Baia Mare
  • Slobozia County Emergency Hospital
  • Azuga Orthopaedics and Traumatology Hospital
  • Targoviste Emergency County Hospital
  • “Sf. Apostol Andrei” Emergency County Clinical Hospital Constanta
  • Iasi Regional Institute of Oncology (IRO Iasi)
  • Emergency Hospital of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Surgery Bucharest
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Timișoara
  • Oncological Institute “Prof. Dr. Dr. Al. Trestioreanu” Institute Bucharest (IOB)
  • C.F. Clinical Hospital no. 2 Bucharest
  • Military Emergency Hospital “Dr. Alexandru Gafencu” Constanta
  • Hospital for Chronic Diseases Sf. Luca
  • Sighetu Marmației Municipal Hospital
  • Colțea Clinical Hospital
  • Fundeni Clinical Institute
  • Medgidia Municipal Hospital

Currently, there is no available information about the specific ransomware group responsible for encrypting the hospitals’ medical services management platform. It is also unclear if any patient personal or medical data was compromised during the incident.

The software service provider, RSC, has not released a public statement regarding the incident at this time. Despite attempts to contact a spokesperson from RSC, they were not immediately available for comment via email or phone.

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