Ransomware And Death: A Patient Died After Hackers Attacked A Hospital

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Ransomware is one of the most commonly used cyber attacks these days. But it never became the reason for someone’s death in the past. But for the first time, ransomware has been linked to a death.

Ransomware and Death

A woman was scheduled to get serious medical treatment at the Düsseldorf University Hospital. The ransomware attack disrupted the emergency care and then she was transferred to another hospital 30 kilometers (19 miles) away.

German authorities have launched a negligent homicide investigation. And the hackers could be held responsible, reports BBC.

According to local media, the hackers were targeting a different university and did provide the ransomware decryption key for free after realising their mistake. Still, it was too late.

The justice minister said that the attackers are unreachable.

The ransomware attack occurred on 9th September. As is the case with all the ransomware attacks, it locked and made the systems unusable.

The incident could have been prevented if they could have taken the precaution. The hackers exploited the known vulnerability in the Citrix’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) software.

Germany’s cybersecurity authority said it warned of the vulnerability in January.

If confirmed, this will be the first death because of ransomware or any other cyber attack.

This is not the first time ransomware has been used to attack hospitals though, in the last few years, there were cases of this attack on the health care systems around the world.

What is Ransomware Attack?

In ransomware attack, the attacker encrypts the system and demands money or cryptocurrency for the decryption key.

According to Kaspersky, Ransomware is malicious software that infects your computer and displays messages demanding a fee to be paid in order for your system to work again.

This class of malware is a criminal moneymaking scheme that can be installed through deceptive links in an email message, instant message or website.

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