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Israel on heightened alert after hospital hit with ransomware attack

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After a ransomware cyberattack targeted the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera Wednesday, Israel’s National Cyber Directorate said there were heightened fears of other hospitals being targeted.

The directorate also issued a general warning to Israeli businesses to be aware of potential cyberattacks, as the country faces an uptick in hacking attempts.

Separately, the Health Ministry, in a letter to hospitals around the country, urged them to print out patients’ medical files amid the fear of more cyberattacks.

On Wednesday morning, Hillel Yaffe said it had received no advance warning of the attack on its computer systems. Urgent medical services at the hospital were continuing as usual as it switched to alternate systems.

Mickey Dudkiewicz, the director of the hospital, told Channel 12 news that the hackers didn’t ask for a specific sum of money to return the systems to operation.

With computer systems down, hospital staff resorted to logging admissions with pen and paper. Heavy delays in treatment........

© The Times of Israel

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