Patient dies after ransomware attack paralyzes German hospital

The Duesseldorf University Clinic was hit by a seemingly misdirected ransomware attack this week that forced staffers to direct emergency patients elsewhere. A woman suffering from a life-threatening emergency died on her way to another hospital as a result.

The Duesseldorf University Clinic was hit by a seemingly misdirected ransomware attack this week that forced staffers to direct emergency patients elsewhere. A woman suffering from a life-threatening emergency died on her way to another hospital as a result.
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It sounds like something out of a tragic Black Mirror episode: A woman seeking urgent care died this week after an apparently bungled ransomware attack took down a major hospital in Germany, thus forcing paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment, according to several outlets.

It appears to be the first case of someone dying as a result of a ransomware attack, albeit indirectly, and German authorities are investigating the unknown hackers on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press reports

Beginning Thursday night, the attack disrupted the IT systems at Duesseldorf University Clinic, crippling its ability to access data

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