Cyberattack Affects Greenland's Healthcare Services

Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Governance & Risk Management

Attack Began on May 9; Patient Records Currently Inaccessible Mihir Bagwe • May 23, 2022     Queen Ingrid’s Health Center in Greenland (Image: Greenland government website)

Greenland’s healthcare services have been “severely limited” due to a cyberattack that has lasted for at least two weeks to date, says the Naalakkersuisut, the country’s government.

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All IT systems and servers associated with the healthcare services of the country were forced to restart due to the cyberattack, cutting off access to patient records. The attack, the government says, has also affected the healthcare service’s email system.

“The health services are therefore severely limited and increased waiting time must be expected,” the government says. Some people may experience a delay in agreed schedules, but “acute inquiries will of course continue to be met and you can contact the health service by phone.”

A preliminary technical analysis, the government notification says, showed that there had been “no damage to citizen data” and that there were no signs of the data being copied or stolen.

The government did not respond to Information Security Media Group’s request for details on the type of cyberattack, its implications on other sectors or system restoration timelines.

Timeline of Events

According to local news agencies, on May 9, the government said that an IT “system crash” had

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