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Ransomware attacks the monitoring system for the pandemic and PCRs in Asturias: an added challenge to the health congestion itself

A cyberattack on the computer network of the Principality of Asturias has directly affected the Millennium computer system of the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA). This ransomware attack has caused such sensitive structures at this time as the pandemic monitoring system, the request for PCR tests and access to the results of these tests have been affected, although as he explains New Spain it has been neutralized “with reasonable success.”

Sources from the Health Service of the Principality of Asturias (SESPA) explain to Xataka that “they have had problems with the computer system, although it seems that it is already being solved.” This is not the first time that cyber attackers have targeted the healthcare system. At the beginning of 2020 we got to know the one at the Torrejón Hospital and in September of last year another attack caused collapses in the Moisès Broggi in Barcelona.

Cybersecurity is another added challenge for the health system

In the middle of the sixth wave of the pandemic in Spain due to the Omicron variant, the attackers have targeted the pandemic monitoring system. Usually in these attacks they usually request a ransom in order to free the system from the ransomware, although this does not seem to have been the case for the Principality of Asturias system.

“They have tried to do as much damage as possible, but nothing makes us think that there has been a theft of information“, explains Javier Fernández, general director of Security and Digital Strategy, to Trade. Because of this, they justify that a ransom was not requested.

These health data is especially sensitive and that is why they are one of the targets sought by cyber attackers. At the beginning of November, the parliamentary spokesperson for Foro Asturias, promoted a Non-Law Proposition to improve cybersecurity of the community.

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The cyberattack, detected in the early morning from Friday to Saturday, has affected the computer records of the HUCA laboratories, including where PCR samples are analyzed. Also close contact follow-up team. Despite avoiding data leakage, according to those responsible, there was delays in the processing of diagnostic tests and tracing efforts.

From the Principality they explain that they are taking additional protection measures and some tools remain disconnected “as a precaution”, waiting to be reviewed by the National Cybersecurity Center, as explained by El Comercio.

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“There have been no equipment collapses or compromised data. We continue working to achieve the complete restoration of the information systems in the next few hours,” he said. declared Yolanda Mínguez, Deputy Director of Infrastructures and Technical Services of the Health Service of the Principality of Asturias.

The National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE) explains that this type of attack “is growing exponentially because it is very profitable for criminals.”

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