INCIDENT: $10 Million Ransom Demand Disables French Hospital – Patients Send Elsewhere.

The Center Hospitalier Sud Francilien (CHSF), a 1000-bed hospital located 28km from the center of Paris, suffered a cyberattack on Sunday, which has resulted in the medical center referring patients to other establishments and postponing appointments for surgeries. CHSF serves an area of 600,000 inhabitants, so any disruption in its operations can endanger the health, and even lives, of people in a medical emergency. "This attack on the computer network makes the hospital's business software, the storage systems (in particular medical imaging), and the information system relating to patient admissions inaccessible for the time being," explains CHSF's announcement (translated).

French cybersecurity journalist Valéry Riess-Marchive identified signs of a LockBit 3.0 infection. If LockBit 3.0 is responsible for the attack on CHSF, it will violate the RaaS program's rules, which prohibit affiliates from encrypting systems of healthcare providers.

Incident Date

August 29, 2022

Location

France

Estimated Cost

$10,000,000 demanded in exchange for a decryption key.

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

No threat source identified

References:

  • French hospital hit by $10M ransomware attack, sends patients elsewhere

Industries:

Impacts

IT

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