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French hospital forced to switch to pen and paper following a disruptive cyberattack

The hospital was asked to pay a $10 million ransom but said it would not succumb to cybercriminals' demands.​​

Hospital Center Sud Francilien in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, fell victim to a ransomware attack on August 21. According to the official statement, malicious hackers breached the institution's network after midnight.

As a result, the hospital had to transfer emergency room visitors and patients whose healthcare heavily relied on hospital technology to other institutions.

Nurses had to switch to pen and paper to monitor the remaining hospitalized people. The organization said that the attack had no impact on the safety of the building itself and that communications, such as telephone, remain intact.

The hospital asks to avoid coming to the emergency room spontaneously and call the emergency services (phone number: 15) instead.

According to the local media, the hospital fell victim to a ransomware attack and was asked to pay $10 million.

The hospital's director Gilles Calmes refused to succumb to the cybercriminal's demands.

"You know the hospital would not pay, has not paid, and will not pay this type of ransom," France24 quoted him as saying.

According to the outlet, cyberattacks targeting hospitals in France have been increasing, with 380 victims last year alone.

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