‘Covid brought us to our knees, but the cyberattack was just a sucker-punch to the chest’

Medics describe the chaos in the wake of the HSE cyberattack in May of 2021 – and ask whether anything has been done to prevent a potential next one

5th December, 2021
‘Covid brought us to our knees, but the cyberattack was just a sucker-punch to the chest’
Several months on from the cyberattack, questions remain as to how well-prepared or otherwise the HSE was to defend against such attacks Picture: Getty

Dr Gabrielle Colleran assumed there had been a major accident given the scene that greeted her as she arrived at work on the morning of Monday, May 14, 2021.

“I hadn’t heard it on the radio so I arrived into the department and there was a flurry of activity so I knew something significant was happening, but I assumed first it was a major trauma until someone told me everything was down,” the consultant paediatric radiologist at...

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