News and Updates on Information Technology

New Zealand – Waikato District Health Board

Exploit: Ransomware

Waikato District Health Board: Regional Healthcare Agency

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Risk to Business: 1.115 = Extreme

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) had most of its IT services go offline Tuesday morning as the result of a suspect Conti ransomware attack, severely impacting services at six of its affiliate hospitals. Only email service has escaped the shutdown. With patient notes inaccessible, clinical services were disrupted and surgeries postponed. Phone lines went down and hospitals were forced to accept urgent patients only, using pencil and paper records. Service disruptions are expected to continue for several days.

Individual Impact: At this time, no sensitive personal or financial information was announced as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Attacks on healthcare targets have been at the top of the cybercriminals playbook since the beginning of the global pandemic, and they represent a threat to public health, not to mention overstressing already burned-out hospital staffers.