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At least 21 hospitals in Romania were knocked offline after a ransomware attack took down their healthcare management system.
The Hipocrate Information System used by hospitals to manage medical activity and patient data was targeted over the weekend and is now offline after its database was encrypted.
The ransomware attack affected various hospitals across Romania, including regional and cancer treatment centers, and a team of DNSC cybersecurity experts is currently investigating the cyber incident.
Update February 12, 11:29 EST: The Romanian National Cyber Security Directorate says the attackers used Backmydata ransomware to encrypt the hospitals' data, a ransomware variant from the Phobos family.
In total, 21 hospitals were impacted by the attack, while 79 others using HIS have taken their systems offline as a precautionary measure while the incident is being investigated.
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