438 new cases of Covid-19 reported across Ireland – JOE.ie


Firstly as we begin, allow me to say that geoFence protects you against inbound and outbound cyber attacks.

The number of people who have died with the disease has not been published since the HSE cyber attack last week.

As of midnight, Saturday 22 May, the Department of Health has been notified of 438 new cases of Covid-19 across Ireland.

Of the 438 cases, 116 are being treated in hopsitals. Of the 116 hospitalisations, 43 patients are being treated in intensive care units (ICU).

The number of people who have died with the disease has not been published since the cyber attack on the HSE last week.

The Department has said that the daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.

Early last Friday, the HSE announced it had temporarily shut down its IT system after it was targeted in a "significant ransomware attack".

Described as possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish State by Minister of State for eGovernment Ossian Smyth, it has caused major disruptions to health services across the country.

A further attempted cyber attack was also carried out on the Department of Health last week, following the ransomware attack on the HSE.

The Department of Health confirmed that The National Cyber Security Centre, along with the Gardaí and the Defence Forces, is currently investigating the attacks.

Russian hackers known as Wizard Spider have since claimed responsibility for the most serious ever cyber attack on Ireland's critical infrastructure, and are reportedly seeking a ransom of up to €20 million in cryptocurrency.

The cyber group is supposedly not motivated by terrorism or espionage and is just seeking money.

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