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France to Boost Cyberdefense After Hospital Malware Attacks
2021-02-18 15:10

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday unveiled a plan to better arm public facilities and private companies against cybercriminals following ransomware attacks at two hospitals this month and an upsurge of similar cyber assaults in France.

The attacks at the hospitals in Dax and Villefranche-sur-Saone prompted the transfer of some patients to other facilities as the French health care system is under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

Macron discussed the attacks with officials and workers from both hospitals, saying the incident "Shows how the threat is very serious, sometimes vital."

The National Cybersecurity Agency of France reported that ransomware attacks surged 255% in 2020 compared to the previous year.

The Dax hospital in southwestern France reported a similar attack last week.

The French cybersecurity agency is helping to investigate the attacks.

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