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The head of the BSI sees a risk of cyber attacks on hospitals

After the cyber attack on a gasoline pipeline in the USA, the President of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) worries about the medical infrastructure in Germany. “I see a greater risk in hospitals,” said BSI boss Arne Schönbohm Time online. He referred to several hacker attacks in the past few years. “Think of the Lukaskrankenhaus in Neuss in 2016, the Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland hospitals in 2019, and the University Clinic in Düsseldorf in 2020.”

Schönbohm also pointed out that many companies in the corona pandemic had to enable their employees to work at home within a short period of time. “A lot has been digitized in the hope that everything will work first.” The result is that many systems are vulnerable. In Germany it is often made too easy for hackers. “Companies often close known security vulnerabilities too slowly.”

In mid-May, blackmailers had paralyzed a pipeline in the USA with a hacker attack. The pipeline’s operation came to a complete standstill, causing gasoline bottlenecks in parts of the country. The systems of the health authority HSE were also recently infected by ransomware and had to be switched off – with consequences for the health care system.


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