The “tens of millions” needed to modify Ireland’s health care system after a ransomware attack

The cost of repairing the damage done to Ireland’s National Health Service by the ransomware attack on Friday will “definitely” reach “tens of millions,” said the health service boss.

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) shut down its IT system on Friday morning as a “precautionary measure” after being hit by a ransomware attack.

Anne O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of the system, said: News talk Many cancer treatment sessions, x-rays, and other radiology appointments have been canceled on Sunday’s radio, explaining the worst-ever impact of ransomware on the healthcare system.

The impact of the service attack is expected to continue this week and beyond, with thousands of patients facing booking cancellations and delays.

Talk to Irish National Broadcasters RTÉ On Monday, HSE CEO Paul Reid said it would take some time to see how stable the interoperability between systems is, even if the system is backed up.

“So we’re in a period far beyond this week,” he said.

Asked about the potential cost of fixing the problem, he replied: There is no mistake. “

According to Reed, HSE will seek the help of voluntary private hospitals, back up diagnostic systems, lab systems, patient information systems, oncology services, and restore basic connections such as mail servers. We are working on three priorities.

According to Reid, Dublin and Cork have about 19 independent hospitals with “stand-alone systems” such as Mater, St James’, Beaumount, St Vincent’s and Tallaght Hospitals.

Reed said HSE needs to evaluate 2,000 different systems to see what information was obtained.

E-Government Minister Ossian Smyth said RTÉ The data affected are primarily administrative and not clinical.

On the day of the attack, Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said:Never pay the ransom.. “

Both Reid and Smyth said they expect some data to be published on the dark web.

Smyth told RTÉ that the hacker’s first attempt was to delete the backup data, but it failed.

“As far as I understand, no server has lost data. There are backups, but so far no data loss has been noticed,” he said.

The attack has spread to the Ministry of Health, but has not been so seriously affected.

Leo Varadkar, Deputy Prime Minister, said he “did not know” other government agencies that were hit by the cyberattack.

by RTÉThe group behind the attack, Russia-based Wizard Spider, has been targeted by the FBI, the UK National Crime Agency, Interpol, Europol, and other international law enforcement agencies.

Reed said he didn’t know the amount the group requested. The Associated Press reported that the ransom negotiation page shows $ 20 million (£ 14 million).

Meanwhile, another cybercrime group attacked four Asian subsidiaries of Paris-based insurance company AXA in a ransomware attack, affecting operations in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

After a hacker attacked the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, the ransomware attack came back this month, and the company shut down for several days to contain the damage.

PA and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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