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Ireland shuts down health IT system after ransomware attack
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Ireland's health authority said Friday it had shut down joker its computer systems after experiencing a "significant ransomware attack", a week after the largest US fuel pipeline network was also targeted.
The Irish attack was blamed on international criminals and was said to be targeting healthcare records, but officials said patient safety was not at risk.
 
"We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us (to) fully assess the situation with our own security partners," the Health Service Executive (HSE) said.
"We apologise for inconvenience caused to patients and to the public and will give further information as it becomes available," it added, stressing Ireland's coronavirus vaccination programme was unaffected and "going ahead as planned".
 
Another ransomware attack last Friday forced the shutdown of the United States' largest fuel distribution system, leading to some panic buying at gasoline stations along the east coast.
Moscow has rejected US accusations that a Russia-based group was behind the cyber attack.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid said the attack in Ireland was "an internationally operated criminal operation", and the authority was working with police, the army and its major IT security providers.
"We are at the very early stages of fully understanding the threat," he told Irish broadcaster RTE, adding it was trying to "contain" the issue.

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