Israeli hospital target of ransomware attack

An Israeli hospital near the city of Tel Aviv was the target of cyber criminals this week.

The ransomware attack on Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center shut down its administrative computer systems but didn’t affect the medical gear, prompting it to stop admitting new patients and redirecting people to nearby hospitals.

Patients who were already getting treatment at the hospital are still being taken care of, but new patients and those needing emergency care are being advised to visit other medical centres, Israeli media reported.

“We have been busy at the hospital doing everything we need to do to be running as normal and protect all data,” the medical centre wrote on Twitter.

The cyber-attack is the latest to target the county in recent years.

In 2021, China-linked hackers took donw the computer systems of a major hospital in Israel, Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. It cost the hospital almost $10 million to recover from the ransomware attack, according to reports.

And this May, suspected Iranian hackers targetted Israeli shipping and logistics companies to gather information about their users. Israeli cybersecurity officials have also blamed hackers sponsored by the Iranian government for a ransomware attack on the country’s leading technology university.

Additionally, Israel has been targeted by pro-Russia hackers over its support of Ukraine. Last year, for example, the Kremlin-linked hacking group XakNet launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the Israeli parliament’s website.