After hacker attack, states fail to update pandemic data

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In a note released yesterday (10), the Ministry of Health reported that it managed to reestablish part of the agency’s information systems, which had been down since last Thursday (5) when the folder network was the victim of an alleged hacker attack. .

Due to the problem, some states are finding it difficult to present updated data from covid-19. Four of them stopped publishing their numbers yesterday: Amapá, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. While the former reported that the problem is due to the blackout that the state has faced since last week, the rest attributed the lack of information to the unavailability of the e-SUS platform.

According to the note, the ministry says it continues to monitor pages that are not yet fully standardized and may need some adjustment. This instability restricted to some pages, which may be temporarily unavailable, is due to “the prevention and security work of DataSUS” (Department of Informatics of the Unified Health System).

The impact on states

The most worrying case is that of São Paulo, the state with the highest record of deaths from covid-19 in the country, which has not updated data on deaths and new contamination since 6 November. Yesterday, Governor João Doria sent a letter to the Ministry of Health, asking for clarification on the flaws in the system.

The São Paulo governor states that, as information about the pandemic is not being processed for unknown reasons, the omission will make it difficult to update the consolidated data on the state of covid-19 at the national level. The situation is repeated in Rio de Janeiro, which has also not updated the data on deaths caused by the disease.

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In the statement released, the Ministry of Health does not confirm that it was the victim of a hacker attack, limiting itself to attributing the malfunction of the systems to “a virus” that would have hit some workstations of the agency. As a precaution, the team blocked access to the internet, managing to control the spread of the virus and ensure data security.


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