Jm: South East Regional Health Authority victim of ransomware attack

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) had been hit by a cyberattack that affected some information and communications technology and other services to the public.

Junior Opposition Spokesperson on Science and Technology Omar Newell has since called for the disclosure of more details of the breach, such as whether, and how much, ransom was demanded and its position on paying any ransom.  As reported subsequently, Sewell wants SERHA to disclose whether a server containing critical details related to cancer patients and any other patients of SERHA has been impacted and is accessible to hackers.

Newell was first alerted to the incident on January 11 by someone who suggested that there would be an attempt to cover up the breach. “It is very unfortunate that my source has proven correct,” Newell has stated.

As of publication, no group has claimed responsibility for this attack.



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