Read the full story at Bleeping Computer here:A person in a life-threatening condition passed away after being forced to go to a more distant hospital due to a ransomware attack.
On September 10th, the Duesseldorf University hospital in Germany suffered a ransomware attack after threat actors exploited a software vulnerability in "a commercial add-on software that is common in the market and used worldwide."
With their IT systems disrupted, the hospital announced that planned and outpatient treatments and emergency care could not occur at the hospital.
Those seeking emergency care were instead redirected to more distant hospitals for treatment.
German media reports that the police contacted the ransomware operators via the ransom note instructions and explained that their target was a hospital.
The ransom notes left on the hospital's encrypted servers were incorrectly addressed to Heinrich Heine University, rather than the hospital itself.
After the police contacted the threat actors and explained that they encrypted a hospital, the ransomware operators withdrew the ransom demand and provided a decryption key.
"The Düsseldorf police then actually made contact and informed the perpetrators that a hospital - and not the university - was affected by their hacking attack. This puts patients at considerable risk. The perpetrators then withdrew the extortion and handed over a digital key with which the data can be decrypted again," German media NTV reported.
Since receiving the key, the hospital has slowly been restoring systems, and investigations concluded that data was likely not stolen.
Patient dies after forced to go to another hospital
NTV reports that a patient in a life-threatening condition was redirected to a more distant hospital after Duesseldorf University hospital deregistered its emergency services.
This disruption led to the patient receiving care an hour later, which may have led to their death.
Due to the death of the patient, German prosecutors are investigating this attack as a negligent manslaughter.
"Prosecutors launched an investigation against the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter because a patient in a life-threatening condition who was supposed to be taken to the hospital last Friday night was sent instead to a hospital in Wuppertal, a roughly 32-kilometer (20-mile) drive. Doctors weren’t able to start treating her for an hour and she died," AP news reports.
A person in a life-threatening condition passed away after being forced to go to a more distant hospital due to a ransomware attack.