World’s first healthcare cyberattack death after German hospital had to turn woman away due to hack

Woman becomes first healthcare cyberattack death after German hospital was forced to turn her away when hackers deactivated their computers

  • Woman died en route to another hospital after being turned away through first one
  • Dusseldorf’s University Clinic couldn’t admit her because its systems were down 
  • The cause was a Sept. 10 cyberattack in which the hospital will be yet to recover through  
  • If an investigation, launched Friday, leads to prosecution, in which would certainly be first confirmed case of someone dying as a consequence of a cyberattack

A woman in Germany has become the first healthcare cyberattack death after a hospital was unable to admit her because its systems had been the target of an attack. 

German prosecutors opened a homicide investigation on Friday into the incident which happened within the western city of Dusseldorf in September.

The female patient, suffering through a life-threatening illness, had to be turned away on the night of September 11 by the city’s University Clinic in addition to died after the ambulance carrying her was diverted to Wuppertal, 30 kilometres (20 miles) away.

Prosecutor Christoph Hebbecker, head of the cybercrime unit in Cologne, said he had opened an investigation into negligent homicide against unknown persons, the Kolner-Stadtanzeiger daily reported.  

Dusseldorf's University Clinic was forced to turn a woman away on September 11 after in which a cyberattack the day before left staff unable to admit patients. The woman then died en route to another hospital

Dusseldorf’s University Clinic was forced to turn a woman away on September 11 after in which a cyberattack the day before left staff unable to admit patients. The woman then died en route to another hospital

If the investigation leads to a prosecution, in which would certainly be the first confirmed case in which a person has died as the direct consequence of a cyberattack.

The University Clinic in Dusseldorf, capital of Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was hit by a ransomware attack on September 10 in which penetrated its systems via a flaw in a Citrix VPN system.

The hospital’s in which operations remain affected in addition to in which will be still unable to admit patients brought in by ambulance, in which said on Friday. 

Germany’s cyber-security agency, the Federal Office for Information Security, was called in to shore up the hospital’s systems.  

Its chief, Arne Schoenbohm, said the Citrix flaw had been known about since December 2019 in addition to called on healthcare facilities not to delay in which security upgrades. 

The chief of Germany's cyber-security agency has urged healthcare facilities not to delay or ignore in which security updates following the death of a woman who couldn't be admitted to hospital because of a cyberattack

The chief of Germany’s cyber-security agency has urged healthcare facilities not to delay or ignore in which security updates following the death of a woman who couldn’t be admitted to hospital because of a cyberattack

‘I can only urge you not to ignore or postpone such warnings yet to take appropriate action immediately,’ Schoenbohm said in a statement. 

‘in which incident shows Yet again how seriously in which danger must be taken.’

Ciaran Martin, who stepped down as the head of Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre in which month, said the incident could be prove to be first death caused by a cyberattack.

‘If confirmed, in which tragedy would certainly be the first case I know of, anywhere within the planet, where the death of a human life can be linked in any way to a cyberattack,’ he told an event in London.

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