The hospital of Saint-Gaudens (Haute-Garonne) was the victim of a cyber attack, causing the closure of its IT services, but the care of patients continues, he told AFP on Friday.
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Thursday around 04:00, the computer attack infected the servers of the hospital center, "
with a message asking to pay a ransom in bitcoin
", specifies the prosecutor of Saint-Gaudens Christophe Amunzateguy.
From yesterday (Thursday) morning, we decided to shut down the servers, to prevent the spread of the computer virus
," explains Stéphanie Baux, director of economic services and logistics.
We have shut down all the computing and telephony, which are connected, so all the computers are now off.
“Since then, telephony has been brought back into service, but not computers.
Main consequence: “
everything is much longer
Despite the shutdown of the servers, the care of patients continues, ensures the hospital, but the administrative services work in writing.
When we need a result from a lab, it will arrive by fax or in writing,
” continues Stépahnie Baux.
For the time being, the hospital is asking the Samu to redirect patients to other hospital structures, while the cyberattack is under control.
The situation will last beyond the weekend because a precise analysis must be made of all our computer stations, all our servers, and a safe restart be carried out,
" explains Stéphanie Baux.
The Saint-Gaudens hospital has filed a complaint which will be forwarded "
to the Paris prosecutor's office, which has a section specializing in cyber attacks
", indicates Christophe Amunzateguy.
This computer ransomware attack echoes the one suffered by the hospital in Dax (Landes) in February, which had also disrupted its functioning.
On March 31, another cyberattack targeting the Pierre Fabre group, based in the Tarn, caused the shutdown of a large part of pharmaceutical and cosmetic production.