An Israeli hospital was targeted Wednesday by a ransomware attack, officials said, with the state’s cyber directorate calling it the first such attack on a hospital in the country.
The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center is “currently using alternative systems to treat its patients”, it said in a statement, describing the attack as “totally unexpected”.
“Medical treatment is continuing as usual, aside from non-urgent elective procedures,” Hillel Yaffe said.
Yigal Unna, director of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, called it a “major” attack.
“We’re in the middle of trying to solve it, it does not look very good,” he said at a virtual summit on ransomware attacks hosted by the US National Security Council.
According to Unna, it was “the first time in Israel” that a ransomware cyber attack targeted a hospital, although medical centres in other countries have experienced similar attacks.
His agency said that “the health ministry has updated hospitals as a preventive measure”.
One in every five businesses in Israel has been targeted in a cyber attack, according to data presented by Unna in July, with the attacks causing damage to a fifth of the establishments attacked.
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