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(AUSTRALIA) JUST IN: UnitingCare Queensland has been the victim of a cyber attack, affecting its hospitals and aged care homes #AceSecurityDesk report

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#AceSecurityReport – Apr.27: The healthcare provider said it was affected by a cyber incident on Sunday, and its digital and technology systems were currently inaccessible:

UnitingCare, which runs Wesley and St Andrew’s Hospitals in Brisbane, hit by cyber attack: ‘The organisation runs the Wesley and St Andrew’s Hospitals in Brisbane, St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay and the Buderim Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast, and dozens of aged care and disability services throughout the state’ ABC Radio interview with Head of ACSC

ABC News: Posted 4h ago, updated 4h ago

The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.
The Wesley Hospital is one of the services run by UnitingCare.(Wikimedia: Commander Keane)

It has contacted the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and technical and forensic advisors are working on the outage.

Manual back-ups are now in place, and some services are being rescheduled.

In a statement, UnitingCare Queensland said it did not know when the problem would be resolved, but it was committed to keeping its people, patients, clients and residents informed and safe.

A spokesperson for the organisation confirmed the charity’s email system was impacted, with some staff having to use private email accounts.

In August last year the ACSC issued a statement warning of specific ransomware known as Maze that was potentially being used to target aged care and health sectors.

The ACSC statement said the sectors were considered “lucrative targets” because of the sensitive personal and medical information collected by the sectors.

“The Maze ransomware is designed to lock or encrypt an organisation’s valuable information so that it can no longer be used, and has been observed being used alongside other tools which steal important business information,” the statement said.

“Cybercriminals may then threaten to post this information online unless a further ransom is paid. This is especially effective in the aged care and healthcare sectors.”

#AceSecurityDesk report ………Published: Apr.27: 2021:

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