First death reported following a ransomware attack on a German hospital

By Catalin Cimpanu for Zero Day | September 17, 2020

German authorities are investigating the death of a patient following a ransomware attack on a hospital in Duesseldorf.

The patient, identified only as a woman who needed urgent medical care, died after being re-routed to a hospital in the city of Wuppertal, more than 30 km away from her initial intended destination, the Duesseldorf University Hospital.

The Duesseldorf hospital was unable to receive her as it was in the midst of dealing with a ransomware attack that hit its network and infected more than 30 internal servers on September 10, last week.

The incident marks the first-ever reported human death indirectly caused by a ransomware attack.

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