Administration and pedestrian entrance of the university hospital in Düsseldorf-Bilk, Germany. Servers at the facility were apparently involved in a ransomware attack that resulted in the death of a patient. (Wiegels via GNU Free Documentation License)

The death of a woman at least in part because of a ransomware attack has placed security teams on high alert: put in place adequate training for the workforce and ensure network redundancy, or else risk similar tragedy and even potential liability.

According to various reports, a Sept. 10 ransomware attack that crippled systems and encrypted 30 servers at Duesseldorf University Clinic (UKD) in Germany, caused the unidentified 78-year-old woman in need of critical care to be diverted to another facility more than 20 miles further away. The woman, whom doctors could not treat for over an hour, later died.

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