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 cyberattack.
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.
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Cyber Attack Suspected in German Woman’s Death
The first known death from a cyberattack was reported Thursday after cybercriminals hit a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, with so-called ransomware, in which hackers encrypt data and hold it hostage until the victim pays a ransom.
The ransomware invaded 30 servers at University Hospital Düsseldorf last week, crashing systems and forcing the hospital to turn away emergency patients. As a result, German authorities said, a woman in a life-threatening condition was sent to a hospital 20 miles away in Wuppertal and died from treatment delays.