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Queensland hospitals, aged care crippled by cyber attack

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Multiple Queensland hospitals and aged care centres have been crippled following a cyber-attack, resulting in disruptions to systems.

Multiple Queensland hospitals and aged care centres have been crippled by a cyber-attack, resulting in several disruptions to internal systems.

9News understands the entire UnitingCare Queensland internal IT system was attacked by ransomware software, with all UCQ hospitals and aged care homes working without IT systems until further notice.

Among a number of aged care centres across Queensland that have been affected, the Wesley and St Andrews War Memorial Hospitals in Brisbane have also had systems taken down.

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Among a number of aged care centres across Queensland that have been affected, the Wesley and St Andrews War Memorial Hospital's in Brisbane have also had their systems taken down.

The attack has impacted all operational systems including internal staff email and patient operation booking, forcing onhand staff to revert to paper-based operations for the foreseeable future.

Doctors have been told not to expect to be able to access vital patient information and details like x-rays.

In a statement to 9News, UnitingCare Queensland confirmed the attack but wasn't able to provide a timeframe on when systems will be back to normal.

"On Sunday 25 April, UnitingCare Queensland was impacted by a cyber incident. As a result of this incident, some of the organisation's Digital and Technology systems are currently inaccessible," a UnitingCare spokesperson told 9News.

"It is not possible to provide a resolution timeframe at this stage, however, our Digital and Technology Team are working to resolve this issue,"

It is currently unclear if patients' personal and medical data has been accessed.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/uniting-care-queensland-hospitals-aged-cared-crippled-following-cyber-attack-ransomware/29779a34-40ef-456e-9b51-6f4080a070d6

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