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Hacked up against a firewall HSE ransomware hacking could cost 'tens of millions' to fix, says Paul Reid

The HSE was forced to shut down all of its IT systems last week following the "significant" cyber attack.

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Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE (Brian Lawless/PA)

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE (Brian Lawless/PA)

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE (Brian Lawless/PA)

The cost of fixing the damage caused by the cyber attack on the Health Service Executive is likely to cost millions of euros. 

HSE boss Paul Reid has said the ransomware attack on their computer systems by a criminal gang likely to cost "tens of millions of euro" to repair.

He said the attack is “a serious criminal act on sick people” that will continue to have serious consequences for the rest of this week.

The HSE was forced to shut down all of its IT systems last week following the "significant" cyber attack.

Mr Reid said private hospitals will be used this week to access oncology services and some other services.

He told RTE radio the HSE is working to limit the impact and teams have worked around the clock over the weekend to get systems back up and running.

Mr Reid described the attack as "a very serious and complex hit to each of the systems", adding that the HSE has "established a basic foundation over the weekend to rebuild" those systems.

He said the hackers set out "to access information and hold the organisation to ransom".

"We can't say at this stage what has been extracted or taken from our system but we do know certain levels of information has been compromised".

He said each of 2,000 systems need to be examined to fully understand the impact and that it is not yet possible to say how stable the system will be after this week.

Mr Reid also said he did not know how much money is being sought by the hackers and this was "put straight into the hands of the national security teams."

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