Ireland’s health IT services shut down for ‘significant ransomware attack’


The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland has shut down all its computer services after suffering a “major ransomware attack”.

The organization, which provides public health and social care services to everyone living in Ireland, has tweeted that it took action as a “precaution”.

“There is a major ransomware attack on HSE computer systems,” the tweet said.

“We have taken the precaution of shutting down all of our computer systems to protect them from this attack and allowing us to fully assess the situation with our own security partners.”

The tweet added that vaccinations would not be affected and would go ahead “as planned”, while another confirmed that Ireland’s National Ambulance Service is operating normally.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said so RTÉ Radio program that the attack “affects all national and local systems” and focuses on “accessing data stored on central servers.” He also said the organization believes the attack is “human-led.”

Reid also confirmed that “at this stage no rescue claim has been made.”

Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital is one of those affected and has tweeted that “all outpatient visits are canceled today”, while the National Maternity said there would be “significant interruptions” throughout the day.

Updates to follow.

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