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US News Cybersecurity. France has recorded “one attack per week” against hospitals since the start of 2021

21:45  17 february  2021
21:45  17 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Les hôpitaux français sont régulièrement visés par des cyberattaques ces derniers mois. Photo d’illustration © Marc OLLIVIER / Ouest-France French hospitals have been regularly targeted by cyber attacks in recent months. Illustrative photo

French hospitals were the subject of 27 major cyber-attacks in 2020, Secretary of State for Digital Transition Cédric O. said on Wednesday February 17th. The frequency of these attacks has increased since beginning of the year 2021.

Cédric O was questioned this Wednesday at the Senate during "Questions to the government" on the attack targeting the hospital center of Dax (Landes) on the night of 8 to 9 February . “From February 9, agents from Anssi (National Agency for Information Systems Security) went to Dax hospital on site. They went two days ago to Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône, victim of RIUK ransomware on Monday morning) where I will be in a few days ", reported the Secretary of State for Digital.

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He also gave a worrying figure: in France, "there were 27 major hospital attacks in 2020, there has been one per week since 2021" . According to him, 110 French hospitals have been "accompanied in security audits" thanks to the support of Anssi, and "11 of them are accompanied on a day-to-day basis" .

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Two recent rounds of the net

Faced with the rapidly evolving threat, which is also affecting companies, public institutions and communities in several countries, the executive is preparing to announce new measures on Thursday. "On the legal response, I would like to highlight two recent successes", continued Cédric O, referring to the dismantling at the end of January of the Emotet malware and the arrest last week of hackers suspected of being related to the ransomware Egregor , “thanks to cooperation between the French services, the French and American courts, and our European partners” .

Emotet was notably used in France to target certain departments of the Ministry of Justice, magistrates and lawyers in Paris last September, and is considered one of the biggest vectors of infection for ransomware. Egregor had for its part been used in the attack which hit Ouest-France at the end of November .

"The attacks against hospitals show that a ransomware attack can have consequences for the lives of patients in the real world, endangering the lives of patients", had established Anssi in early February in a report.

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