Several Victorian Hospitals Hacked In Cyber Attack
Hospital computer networks in regional Victoria have been hacked in a ransomware attack but the government insists patient information is safe.
Procedures may be delayed as the impacted hospitals revert to manual contact and booking systems.
The government confirmed on Tuesday hospitals that are a part of the Gippsland Health Alliance and of the South West Alliance of Rural Health were attacked.
"The Victorian Cyber Incident Response Service has been deployed and worked with impacted health services overnight to respond to the attack," the Department of Premier and Cabinet said in a statement.
"The cyber incident, which was uncovered on Monday, has blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management."
A "number" of servers across the state were hit and investigations are underway to reveal the extent.
But the government says "at this time there is no suggestion that personal patient information has been accessed".
Hospitals have isolated and disconnected a number of systems such as the internet to quarantine the infection.
"This isolation has led to the shutdown of some patient record, booking and management systems, which may impact on patient contact and scheduling," the statement says.
"Where practical, hospitals are reverting to manual systems to maintain their services.
"The affected hospitals are now working on their bookings and scheduling to minimise impact on patients, but may need to reschedule some services where they don't have computer access to patient histories, charts, images and other information."
Since launching 14 months ago, the Victorian Government Cyber Incident Response Service has responded to more than 600 cyber-attacks on Victorian Government organisations.