HSE Cyber attack remains under investigation

Pleased be advised that the National Cyber Security Centre continues to provide support to the HSE in identifying the systems affected by the cyber attack and to bring all systems back online.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) became aware on Thursday of an attempted cyber attack on the Department of Health. The Department of Health has implemented its response plan including the suspension some functions of its IT system as a precautionary measure.

This attempted attack remains under investigation, however there are indications that this was a ransomware attack similar to that which has affected the HSE.As the investigations into both incidents are ongoing, it is not possible to make further comment on the nature of these attacks at this time. The NCSC has issued public advice in relation to the cyber attack on the HSE as well as general guidance on ransomware attacks. This information is available on the NCSC website http://www.ncsc.gov.ie and further updates will be published as the situation develops.