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After cyber attack in Ireland - psychotherapists renew ePA criticism

Dublin. The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has been the target of a cyber attack. The health service announced on Twitter on Friday that they shut down their own IT systems as a precautionary measure after a “significant ransomware attack”. The situation will be examined further, it said.

The German Psychotherapist Network (DPNW) is taking the cyber attack as an opportunity to issue another warning against the storage of sensitive patient data on central servers. "It is not safe", the DPNW chairman Dieter Adler is quoted in a message. “We have been repeating this message like a mantra for years - over and over again. Unfortunately, the message does not get through to the Ministry of Health and the health politicians, ”continued Adler.

The DPNW rejects the central storage of patient data. "Data on psychotherapy belong in the practice of the psychotherapist, nowhere else," Adler told the "Ärzte Zeitung" in October. At the time, a hacker attack made headlines in Finland.

Are “international criminals” after health data?

It was initially unclear who was behind the latest hacker attack in Ireland. According to media reports, it is said to be "international criminals" who want to tap health data.

The safety of patients in Ireland is not at risk. Nevertheless, numerous hospitals in the country had to shut down as a result of the cyber attack, and routine appointments for the current week were canceled in many places. The operation in the emergency rooms continues, however, emphasized the Irish health service on Monday on Twitter. The corona vaccinations are also not affected by the incident. They should continue as planned.

In the Rotunda Clinic in Dublin, digitally stored patient data can no longer be accessed as a result of the cyber attack, as communicated by the clinic via Twitter. Patients at the maternity hospital are asked to bring any paper documents with them.

In so-called ransomware attacks, data on computers is encrypted. The attackers then usually demand a ransom for the release. (mu / dpa)