Queensland hospitals and nursing centers afflicted by cyber attack

Several Queenland hospitals and nursing centers have been affected by a cyberattack, which has caused several disruptions in internal systems.
According to news sources the entire UnitingCare Queensland IT system was attacked by ransomware software, with all UCQ hospitals and nursing homes working without IT systems until further notice.

Among a number of nursing centers that have been affected in Queenland, Wesley and St.Andrews war hospitals in Brisbane have also had inoperable systems.

The cyber attack has impacted all operational IT systems including staff emails and patient’s booking systems for treatments, forcing onsite staff to revert to paper-based operations for the foreseeable future. Doctors have been told not to expect to be able to access vital patient information and details like x-rays. UnitingCare Queensland confirmed the attack but wasn’t able to provide an estimation when the systems could be brought back up.

“On Sunday, 25th of April, UnitingCare Queensland was impacted by a cyber incident. As a result of this incident, some of the organisation’s digital and technology systems are currently inaccessible,” a UnitingCare spokesperson said. “It is not possible to provide a resolution timeframe at this stage, however, our Digital and Technology Team are working to resolve this issue,”

It is currently unclear if any of the patients’ personal data was breached during the attack.

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