Cyberattack Forces French Hospital to Cancel Operations

April 6, 2023


Hospital Centre of Versailles, near Paris, canceled operations and transfer some patients due to a cyber attack suffered over the weekend.

The computers at the hospital were infected with ransomware, threat actors demanded a ransom.
“A ransom, the amount of which I do not know, has been requested but we do not intend to pay it,” assured Delepierre, who is also mayor of Chesnay-Rocquencourt. Health Minister Francois Braun told AFP that six patients had been transferred from the beginning of the attack evening, three in intensive care and three from the neonatal unit.

The hospital is still facing problems and we cannot exclude that other patients will be transferred in other structures. “While the machines were still functioning in the intensive care unit, more people were needed to watch the screens as they were no longer working as part of a network, Braun said.” reported AFP.

In France, the law prohibits public establishments to pay ransoms.

Incident Date

December 5, 2022



Estimated Cost

Operations canceled; patients transferred to other hospitals. Ransom not paid

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified