INCIDENT: Cyberattack: Surgeries Postponed At Melbourne Hospitals.

A number of hospitals in Melbourne shut down elective surgeries after a suspected cyber attack on its computer network. Healthcare centers in the city's east run by Eastern Health were forced to postpone the surgeries and shutdown several IT systems. The hospitals affected (Box Hill, Maroondah, Healesville and Angliss) continued with category 1 elective surgeries, which impacted patients who require treatment within 30 days - all other operations stopped.

The company issued a statement on the issue, confirming their system had been taken offline until they identified the problem but stressed that no patient information had been leaked.

Incident Date

March 16, 2021



Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

No threat source identified


  • Surgeries are CALLED OFF as Melbourne hospitals are hit by cyber attack




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