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As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't enough: Cyberattack paralyzes Czech hospital.

March, 2020
Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/czech-hospital-hit-by-cyber-attack-while-in-the-midst-of-a-covid-19-outbreak/

The COVID-19 virus has turned the whole world on its head from one day to the next. Billions of people are stuck in their apartments or houses and are no longer able to lead the daily lives they once did, while the spread of the virus still hasn’t been stemmed – and the number of fatalities increases day by day. Suddenly, the consumer behaviors we were accustomed to and the concerns we used to have now seem trivial, overshadowed by a parasite that – invisible to the human eye – discloses injustices such as insufficient healthcare resources and threatens to gradually grind our system to a standstill.

Thanks to progressive digitalization, many businesses have expeditiously and successfully transposed their daily office routine into a home office environment in a bid to keep the economy, and thus our society alive. But it isn’t just business that needs fully functional IT: Hospitals have long since become dependent on digital systems as well, of course. Whilst COVID-19 threatens physical human life, cyber viruses – in frighteningly similar fashion – threaten the digitalization we depend on to keep our health system running and fully functional. A combination of both horror scenarios became bitter reality in March 2020.

On 13 March, in the middle of Europe’s escalating Corona crisis, one of the Czech Republic’s biggest COVID-19 test laboratories at the University Clinic of Brno became the victim of a cyberattack. The infection with a computer virus happened at about 5 AM and forced the entire hospital, including two satellite locations, the children’s hospital and maternity clinic, to completely shut down their IT network, with consequences that included having to cancel all scheduled surgeries. This IT incident was classified as extremely serious and has had potentially fatal consequences, since now, of all times, the full capacity of the testing laboratory is so bitterly needed. According to hospital management, it will take weeks until the hospital is operating at full capacity again.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals will take advantage of any emergency situation or abnormal circumstances affecting the system in order to conduct unchecked acts of sabotage or attempted extortion. A crisis of global extent such as the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. An ideal feeding ground for criminal activities, since businesses, governments and public institutions are forced to direct all their resources and focus on the emergency at hand. “Hackers see an opening in times of crisis”, says Flavius Plesu, founder and CEO of OutThink, a human risk intelligence company. “In times of heightened risk, security teams must be extra watchful and acutely aware that the risk of becoming a victim of a cyberattack is significantly higher than usual. Not least because over-worked and over-fatigued personnel are often inattentive – which hackers are certain to exploit.”

This makes it even more important for companies, administrative bodies, institutes and authorities who store sensitive data to ensure that, in the event of a total data meltdown, their data is not irretrievably lost. That’s why, especially in times of crisis such as those currently threatening vast areas of the world, you should not entrust the defense of your vital data solely to your own employees. Instead, safeguard your own future as well as that of your fellow man by means of a rock-solid solution capable of fully restoring manipulated, deleted or stolen data. After all, uninterrupted operations are every bit as vital to the continued existence of a company as the health of its employees. Focus on finding the right path towards a safe future and decide to protect your data through MOUNT10, guaranteeing you can keep doing your work without disruption.

From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you continued good health and look forward to helping you keep your data equally safe and sound.