Cyber ​​attack: return to normal at Villefranche hospital is not expected for 2 weeks

The computer system of the hospital center may not return to normal operation for “several weeks”, said the Secretary of State for the digital transition.

A return to normal in the computer system of the Villefranche-sur-Saône hospital center (Rhône), targeted a week ago by a cyber attack, is expected in “minimum 15 days or even several weeks“, Said Monday the Secretary of State for the digital transition Cédric O.

«Today the situation has been stabilized. We have confined the cyberattacker (…) We rebuild the information systems by reconnecting all of the daily operating systems one by one“, He said during a visit to the North West Hospital of Villefranche-sur-Saône – Gleizé, located about forty kilometers north of Lyon. “We should see the majority of functions restart in the coming days. In total, to return to normal operation, it will take a minimum of fifteen days or even several weeks“, He added during a visit to the establishment alongside the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

«There were 27 cyber attacks on hospitals in 2020 and since the start of 2021, it’s one attack per week“, Added Cédric O, assuring that the government”was going to ensure that the 135 most important hospital groups in France (…) could increase their defense systems».

, they will join the list of “essential service operators», A status defined in 2018 which implies in particular stricter security rules and the notification to the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) of incidents occurring on the most critical systems. And “no IT project can now be supported by the State if 5% to 10% of its IT budget is not dedicated to cybersecurity», Specifies the press release.

An activity still very disrupted this Monday

Monday, the activity of the Villefranche-sur-Saône hospital was still very disrupted with employees who worked in “degraded mode“That is to say in paper and pen, told AFP the management of the hospital. However, emergency and sub-emergency operations (editor’s note: in operating theaters) were “always assured». «Those who did this not only attacked an IT department, they endangered the lives of our fellow citizens“, For his part estimated the Minister of Health, expressing his”disgust“In the face of such a gesture and saluting”the reactivity»Personnel on the day of the attack.

«The IT managers of the hospital in the middle of the night managed to make the right decisions to be able to protect the archives and prevent the cybervirus from spreading throughout all hospital structures.“, Underlined Olivier Véran, recalling that cybersecurity was”everyone’s business“. He indicated that the State will deploy “very quickly“350 million euros to strengthen the IT protection of French hospital groups, a sum taken from”digital envelope»Of the Ségur de la Santé.

Tuesday by the cybercrime section of the Paris prosecutor’s office after the attack by the Ryuk crypto-virus of the North West Hospital. It follows a similar attack on the hospital in Dax (Landes) on February 9.

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