Australian hospitals hit by dangerous WannaCry ransomeware

Hospitals connected to Australian State of Queensland’s integrated electronic medical record system (ieMR) are suffering outages attributed to patching against a ransomware attack.

The Queensland Health was working to patch the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomwaren but somewhere along the line things have gone wrong, however, Australia’s health minister says data is safe.

The Cairns Post identifies Cairns Hospital as having system problems, and The Register has been told at least Townsville Hospital and Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital are also affected.

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Queensland’s health minister Cameron Dick told state parliament today the outages haven’t compromised patient safety, but Cairns Hospital’s emergency department reached capacity yesterday as a result of the outage.

Rather, it appears, some users have been unable to log into the systems following the patch – perhaps because endpoints also need updates for compatibility.

Dick identified Microsoft, Citrix, and practice management specialist Cerner as vendors who had provided patches.

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