Moorfields Eye Hospital in Dubai victim of a “computer security incident”

The Dubai branch of Moorfields Eye Hospital suffered a “computer security incident” which affected its servers.

The trust confirmed it was carrying out an “urgent and thorough” investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

A post on the hospital’s website, which reportedly appeared on August 15, confirmed that the incident was linked to “cybercriminals”.

“We have undertaken an urgent and thorough investigation to understand what happened,” the post added.

“At this time, we do not believe that the patients’ health records have been compromised. However, some identifying information of the Dubai patients has been accessed.

“We take the privacy of our patients very seriously and have contacted all affected patients to inform them of the incident. Together with a specialist cybersecurity agency, we have also taken proactive measures to strengthen the security of our network and our website.

The notice goes on to confirm that the hospital “will continue to offer our full range of services and we advise all patients to attend their appointments as scheduled.”

Although the hospital did not confirm who was behind the attack, ransomware group AvosLocker claimed responsibility on its website.

The group claimed to have 60 GB of data and threatened to release this information if a ransom demand was not met.

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai was established in 2006 to provide eye care in the Middle East. The hospital also aims to “contribute to education and research programs to encourage and facilitate world-class teaching in the region.”

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