Inside Ireland’s Public Healthcare Ransomware Scare

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On the 14th of May, 2021, the Irish public healthcare system was hacked using the Conti ransomware that had embedded itself into the system two months prior. It made its entry after an employee opened a Microsoft Excel file containing the ransomware from a phishing email. Despite the infected computer’s antimalware programme detecting it on the 31st of March, the ransomware spread easily because of a human error—the antimalware programme was set to monitor, not eliminate, threats. Nobody caught on to it until it was too late. Read full article here

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