Garda continues investigating the HSE cyber-attack

Garda continues investigating the HSE cyber-attack

The Garda investigation into the cyber-attack that targeted the HSE database during Covid-19 and gained access to 100,000 patients and staff's personal details is ongoing.

Breda Crehan Roche, Chief Officer, of Community Healthcare West, said that because of the ongoing criminal investigation, the HSE can't share information about the data that was illegally hacked in the 2021 cyber-attack.

Ms Crehan Roche confirmed that 100,000 people have already been notified about the cyber-attack by HSE letter.

The exact number of people impacted in the West was not known. However, the HSE had reviewed thousands of documents that might have been illegally accessed and copied during the cyber-attack and notified people on how this might impact them.

Ms Crehan Roche said the objective of the cyber attack could be to disrupt the health services systems and computers by encrypting them, accessing and copying data, and demanding a ransom illegally.

She said the cyber-attack stopped once the HSE became aware of it. It responded with other State agencies. She insisted that "no ransom was paid by the HSE or the State."

“Our cyber security experts have been monitoring the internet and the dark web for illegally-obtained information and will take immediate action if we see any evidence of this,” said Ms Crehan Roche.

Media reports suggest that cyber-attacks on the HSE could cost between €50m and €101m with a further €600m investment required after that.

“We sincerely regret the impact the cyber-attack has had on our health service, our patients, and our teams nationwide,” added Ms Crehan Roche.

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