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Top cyber official: Hospital attack ‘purely financial,’ likely by Chinese group

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Health Ministry cybersecurity chief Reuven Eliyahu said Monday morning that last week’s massive ransomware attack on Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera was likely carried out by Chinese hackers whose motives were “purely financial.”

“This is probably a Chinese hacker group that broke away from another group and started working in August,” Eliyahu said in an interview on Army Radio. “The motive for the attack was purely financial.”

A ransomware attack involves breaking into an entity’s networks to encrypt its data, then demanding a ransom, typically paid via cryptocurrency, to unlock it. As a government hospital, Hillel Yaffe was barred from paying any ransom, according to Channel 12 news.

“We are investigating the incident and continue to invest funds to prevent such cases from recurring,” Eliyahu said.

With the Health Ministry still working to restore Hillel Yaffe’s systems, Eliyahu said that lessons learned from the cyberattack would soon be passed on to other Israeli hospitals, but that the battle against hackers was far from over.

“In the cyber world, the struggle is like a marathon; it is an ongoing war. This is World War III. It is a huge battlefield of billions of warriors,” he said, adding that “the health sector in Israel is attacked tens of thousands of times a month.”

The Kan public broadcaster reported........

© The Times of Israel

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