Australian Information Security Incident Reported: October 23 2019

Australian Virus/Malware Incident 2019: Cyber scare shuts down hospital IT systems in rural north-east Victoria

A number of rural health services in the state’s north-east were forced to shut down their IT systems due to a malware virus.

Source: Cyber scare shuts down hospital IT systems in rural north-east | Brisbane Times
More reports from: Brisbane Times.

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Wednesday a virus was detected in handful of desktop computers at two health services in the Hume region and staff forced to turn of IT systems for a short period to isolate it.

A spokesman for the department refused to confirm where the infected computers were located, but it is understood IT systems at three rural health services were momentarily shut down as a precaution.

He stressed, however, patient care was not affected and IT systems were fully operational again by early Wednesday afternoon.