Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: Estelle Ruiz / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP (Illustration) 4:03 p.m., February 11, 2024

The emergency rooms of the Armentières hospital center, in the north, were temporarily closed overnight from Saturday to Sunday. The cause: a cyberattack on the health establishment, in the form of ransomware, the hospital said.

The Armentières hospital center, in the North, was the victim of a cyberattack during the night from Saturday to Sunday, leading to the temporary closure of the emergency room, the hospital said in a press release. Around 2 a.m., "the Armentières hospital center was the victim of a cyberattack confirmed by the printing of several ransomware messages on the establishment's printers", indicated the hospital confirming information from the newspaper

La Voix du Nord


Crisis unit

Around 3 a.m., “all PCs were voluntarily disconnected from the hospital's main network as a security measure,” he added. The crisis unit "was triggered at 5:40 a.m., this attack impacting the entire hospital center, measures were implemented to ensure continuity of care on the floors" and the emergency rooms "were closed as a security measure to 24 hours".


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“A reception is organized to ensure perfect reorientation towards other emergency services in the area,” said the hospital center, adding that the situation will be reassessed “every 12 hours”. Furthermore, “investigations are underway” to “establish a diagnosis”.