Waikato DHB cyberattack: Cancer hub out of action in chaotic aftermath

Natalie Akoori reports that the May ransomware attack by Vice Society threat actors on Waikato District Health Board impacted one of the country’s four regional cancer hubs.

According to a contingency planning document put together in the aftermath of the attack and released by the DHB under the Official Information Act, at least 30 cancer patients were transferred including to private hospitals in Wellington and Tauranga, and Auckland’s public hospital.

“Patients that went to Auckland needed to be seen within hours,” Sarfati said. “These were patients who were very acutely unwell. [For example]… if a patient had pressure on the spinal chord (sic) which can result in paralysis.”

Read more at NZ Herald.

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