Hackers of HSE computer system demanded bitcoin ransom worth $150,000

The attack has been described as ‘possibly the most significant cybercrime in the history of the state’

Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE: the organisation was forced to shut down its computer systems on Friday. Picture: Photocall

The hackers who forced the HSE’s computer systems offline in the biggest cyber attack in the state’s history demanded a ransom of 3 bitcoin or $150,000, the Business Post has learned.

According to multiple sources who saw the text file which appeared on the computer in one hospital affected by the attack, the criminal hackers sought payment in the cryptocurrency. The amount demanded was 3 bitcoin, which they estimated was worth around $150,000, though at ...