Consultations and exams for an entire hospital had to be canceled on Monday. This is the Saint-Luc de Bouge clinic, near Namur. The establishment was hit by a computer attack this weekend and it is not the first such attack. Recently, several public institutions have been targeted. Why ? What are hackers looking for by targeting them?
The city of Liège in June, last week the bar of Charleroi and then this weekend, the Saint-Luc clinic in Bouge… The hackers break into the internal computer system and each time, they demand a ransom .
Attempts at a cyberattack that Axel Legay receives on his computer every day. Hackers have no limits, but the phenomenon is not new. What changes is its media coverage. By breaking into the computer system of public institutions, authors take advantage of a flaw in their digital development. The perfect target!
They are quite vulnerable targets
“We know that these are quite vulnerable targets, underlines this professor of cybersecurity at UCLouvain. But Belgium as a whole is the most targeted country in Europe, quite simply because on our territory there are a certain number of institutions: Europe, NATO … And what the pirates are looking for, c sometimes it is to attack the periphery to gain access to these institutions. “
But what about this ransom demand? “What hackers are looking for are money, in particular paid by virtual currencies like Bitcoin on the dark web because they know that our police forces are not very competent”, continues Axel Legay.
Giving in to blackmail is always a double-edged sword, data is hardly ever recovered …