A ‘ransomware’ attack on the Dusseldorf University Hospital (Germany) the emergency service collapsed this Tuesday of the center, which had to temporarily close the emergency room and, as a result, a seriously ill patient passed away while being transferred to another hospital.
The hospital’s computer crash occurred due to a ransomware attackoriginally directed against University computers from Dusseldorf, but instead it also affected the clinic’s teams, encrypting 30 of its servers, as reported by the local RTL portal.
This failure in the hospital equipment reduced the number of patients that usually Is attended in the center, from 1,000 to 550 people, and also the operations, which went from between 120 and 70 to less than 15, according to sources from the clinic told the DPA agency.
As a result of the collapse, a seriously ill patient had to be transferred to the Wuppertal hospital by ambulance. Although it is a journey of just 25 minutes, the woman passed away. This is the first recorded death due to a cyber attack.
The Dusseldorf police contacted the cybercriminals through the note accompanying the ‘ransomware’, informing them that their attack had collapsed the hospital, and they they dropped the extortion and offered the code to decrypt the affected computers.