Cyber ransomware attack on German hospital leads to fatality

A German woman died after Düsseldorf University Clinic’s servers were encrypted, which necessitated that she be relocated to a hospital 20 miles away. The hospital was not able to accept emergency patients due to unfunctional systems impacted by the malware. Up to 30 of the hospital’s clinical servers were encrypted on September 10 during the cyber attack locking clinicians out of critical data needed to treat patients.

The Hospital responded by postponing surgeries and for emergency patients to be re-located other medical facilities – including a critically ill who died before being triaged. She was transported to another hospital in  Wuppertal, more than half an hour away from Düsseldorf Hospital, but the delay was fatal.