Czech Hospital Hit By Cyber-Attack While in the Midst of a COVID-19 Outbreak

The Brno University Hospital in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, has been hit by a cyber-attack right in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak that is picking up steam in the small central European country. From a report: Hospital officials have not revealed the nature of the security breach; however, the incident was deemed severe enough to postpone urgent surgical interventions, and re-route new acute patients to nearby St. Anne’s University Hospital, local media reported. The hospital was forced to shut down its entire IT network during the incident, and two other of the hospital’s branches, the Children’s Hospital and the Maternity Hospital, were also impacted. The Czech National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) tweeted today that “the incident was resolved on the spot,” together with the hospital’s IT staff and members of Czech police (NCOZ). The incident was considered a severe one and treated with the utmost urgency because the Brno University Hospital is one of the Czech Republic’s biggest COVID-19 testing laboratories.