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Sydney-based Macquarie Health Corporation has started to bring its core IT infrastructure back online, following a "cyber incident" — a Windows ransomware attack — that was made public on 7 October.

In response to a query from iTWire, an MHC spokesman said: "We have started to bring our core IT infrastructure online and are currently rolling this out across our hospital network."

The FBI described a Hive attack this way: "After compromising a victim network, Hive ransomware actors exfiltrate data and encrypt files on the network.

"The actors leave a ransom note in each affected directory within a victim’s system, which provides instructions on how to purchase the decryption software.

"The ransom note also threatens to leak exfiltrated victim data on the Tor site, 'HiveLeaks'."

There has been no change in the entry for this attack on the website used by the Hive gang on the dark web, indicating that there is no move to push for a ransom.

The spokesman added: "Our patient services have continued without interruption and we sincerely thank all our patients and clinicians for their ongoing support.

"Our staff have been amazing during this extremely difficult period."

Last Friday, the organisation said it was making good progress in the recovery and restoration of its IT systems.

Macquarie Health, which will mark 50 years in 2023, runs 12 hospitals which provide surgical procedures, rehabilitation and mental health clinics, skin imaging and dermascopy, medical systems; cosmetic procedures, e-health informatics and data solutions.

The companies under its banner are Macquarie Hospital Services, MacRehab, Macquarie Medical Systems, Derma Medical and Machealth eSolutions.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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