Czech Hospital Hit by Cyberattack


Staff member
Malware Hunter
Jul 27, 2015
The Brno University Hospital in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, has been hit by a cyberattack right in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak that is picking up steam in the small central European country.

Hospital officials have not revealed the nature of the security breach; however, the incident was deemed severe enough to postpone urgent surgical interventions, and re-route new acute patients to nearby St. Anne's University Hospital, local media reported. The hospital was forced to shut down its entire IT network during the incident, and two other of the hospital's branches, the Children's Hospital and the Maternity Hospital, were also impacted.


Level 30
Content Creator
May 13, 2017
The infection took root at around 5 a.m. in the morning, local time
It was most likely just a ransomware, otherwise there would no reason to shut down the whole network. It is easy to infect underfunded hospitals.
133 publicly reported attacks against health-care providers have occurred since 2016, with 47 of occurring in 2019.

Attackers infect machines and then choose to lay dormant to allow backups to be created that include the ransomware.