Hospital in Romania Hit by Ransomware Attack, Demanding $50,000 in Cryptocurrency

Bullet points:
– A hospital in Romania recently experienced a ransomware attack with the perpetrators demanding payment in cryptocurrency to decrypt its database.
– The Saint Gheorghe Recovery Hospital in Botoşani, Romania was targeted by hackers who locked its medical records and demanded a ransom of 3 BTC.
– The hospital cannot file its reports for the services performed in the last month of 2022 and receive the respective payments, but officials are working on a solution that will allow the medical staff to receive their salaries.

Recently, a hospital in Romania has been the victim of a ransomware attack. The Saint Gheorghe Recovery Hospital in Botoşani, Romania was the target of the cybercriminals, where they locked its medical records with a message in English asking for a ransom of 3 BTC (over $50,000). The attack has been well-prepared, and neither the computer specialists from the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism nor experts working for the Romanian cybersecurity firm Bitdefender have been able to decrypt the information.

Dr. Cătălin Dascălescu, the hospital’s managing director, told journalists that law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation to restore access to the files. However, due to the hack, the medical institution is unable to report to the country’s health insurance fund in order to receive due funding. This has caused a problem for the hospital, as they cannot file its reports for the services performed in the last month of 2022 and receive the respective payments.

Officials at Romania’s National Health Insurance House have expressed that they are working on a solution that will allow the medical staff to receive their salaries. “We hope to resume medical activity at normal capacity from Monday,“ said Dr. Dascălescu, without revealing further details.

The attack on the Saint Gheorghe Recovery Hospital in Botoşani is a stark reminder of the importance of cybersecurity, and how vulnerable even well-prepared systems can be to malicious actors. As the use of cryptocurrency for ransomware payments continues to grow, it is clear that organizations must take all necessary steps to ensure their data is secure and protected.