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Major Disruption HSE forced to shutdown computer systems after falling victim to cyber attack

Appointments at the Rotunda have been cancelled today as a result

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The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin

The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin

The HSE is undergoing a cyber attack and has had to shut down all its computer systems in a move that is going to cause major disruption for patients today.

All appointments at the Rotunda Maternity Hospital have been cancelled, with the exception of emergency cases, as a result of the incident.

HSE boss Paul Reid confirmed that the ransomware was affecting all national and local systems this morning.

Mr Reid described the attack as a "serious" and "sophisticated" attempt to breach the HSE's IT system.

The HSE is receiving support from cyber security experts and from the Gardaí, the Defence Forces and from Government.

Mr Reid said life-saving equipment in hospitals is not affected by the attack and said it was largely an IT system issue.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: "There is a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems. We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us fully assess the situation with our own security partners.

"We apologise for inconvenience caused to patients and to the public and will give further information as it becomes available.

"Vaccinations are not effected and are going ahead as planned."

The HSE said it had shut down its systems as a “precaution.”

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