Incident in Düsseldorf could be first death caused by a cyber-attack, says UK’s former head of cybersecurity
German prosecutors have opened a homicide investigation into the case of a patient who died after a hospital in the city of Düsseldorf was unable to admit her because its systems had been knocked out by a cyber-attack.
The female patient, suffering from a life-threatening illness, had to be turned away on the night of 11 September by the city’s university hospital and died after the ambulance carrying her was diverted to Wuppertal, 30 km (20 miles) away.
Prosecutor Christoph Hebbecker, head of the cybercrime unit in Cologne, said he had opened an investigation into negligent homicide against unknown persons, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger daily reported. Hebbecker could not be reached for comment.
If the investigation leads to a prosecution, it would be the first confirmed case in which a person has died as the direct consequence of a cyber-attack.
The university clinic in Düsseldorf, capital of Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, was hit by a ransomware attack on 10 September that penetrated its…
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