A major cybersecurity attack has brought down Information Systems at a New Zealand hospital in the Waikato region. The attack has caused the closure of all its clinical services today. The cyberattacks are against the Waikato District Health Board (DHB), which provides services for more than 425,000 people and covers a large area in the central part of the North Island of New Zealand.
“Waikato DHB is currently experiencing a full outage of its Information Services. A Coordinated Incident Management System has been established to resolve the situation as soon as possible. We are currently investigating the cause of this outage.”, the DHB confirmed on their Facebook page. “We have engaged external assistance to address a cyber security incident affecting our Information Services environment.”
The outage has caused the cancellation of both outpatient clinics and elective surgeries that will need to be rescheduled later.
Although the cyberattack exhibits all the hallmarks of a ransomware attack, the Waikato DHB has not confirmed this to be the case yet.
This latest cyberattack joins a long list of recent attacks against businesses and public organizations that appears to not discriminate against the targets.
The attacks are a timely reminder to businesses to take cybersecurity very seriously to avoid becoming a victim.