Crypto-virus RYUK Attacks French Hospitals in Lyon Area

June 1, 2022

INCIDENT

Hôpital Nord-Ouest, the hospital group for the North of Lyon, reported two hospitals were stricken with ransomware attacks, and a third pre-emptively cut connections with an IT provider, in less than a week. Surgeries were postponed and emergency patients re-routed to other facilities as each hospital site’s team set up limited procedures to ensure the exchange of information necessary for patient care, as well as a crisis unit to organise the operation of all three sites. The attack by the crypto-virus RYUK, a kind of ransomware, "strongly impacts" the Villefranche, Tarare and Trévoux sites of the North-West Hospital, the hospital said in a statement.

Following the attack, French President Emmanuel Macron said his office plans to inject one billion euros (US$1.21 billion) into the country’s cyberdefense.

Incident Date

February 15, 2021

Location

France

Estimated Cost

unknown

Type of Malware

Threat Source

No threat source identified