Estonia condemns cyber attacks against Czech healthcare facilities

  • 2020-04-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonia strongly condemns recent and ongoing malicious cyber activities that threatened Czech healthcare facilities, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in a statement on Monday. 

"The COVID-19 crisis has put an extra strain on critical medical services, and the need for a secure and functioning cyberspace is more pressing than ever. Cyber attacks against the medical sector during the ongoing crisis are unacceptable and potentially life-threatening as they put additional pressure on systems and individuals working hard to save lives," the Estonian minister said. 

The international community should urgently address cyberattacks against hospitals and other essential medical services that threaten already strained healthcare entities. Estonia calls for respecting norms of responsible state behavior and for the upholding of international law in cyberspace, the statement says.

The statement goes on to say that it will be important to hold the concerned entities responsible for malicious activities in the cyber domain.

"We emphasize the urgent need for effective cooperation among all responsible actors to ensure that cyberspace remains protected, safe and functional during this global crisis," it says.

At the end of March, several Czech hospitals were hit by cyber attacks, in the middle of March, hackers breached one of the major COVID-19 testing laboratories in Czech, the Brno University Hospital in the city of Brno. Recently several hospitals in the eastern Czech cities of Olomouc and Ostrava, as well as, several other infrastructures reported attack attempts.

The Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency NUKIB on Thursday warned the international allies of cyber attacks which it expected "in the next few days."