Hoboken’s medical laboratory, Het Algemeen Medisch Laboratorium (AML), was the victim of a cyber attack on Monday. The hackers blocked all the computers in the laboratory and demanded a ” ransom ” to free the network, Het Gazet van Antwerpen reported on Tuesday.

The laboratory performs around 3,000 corona tests per day, which represents around 5% of the total Belgian analysis capacity. It is the largest private laboratory in Antwerp in this crisis linked to the coronavirus.

” After an in-depth analysis by our security teams, it was decided to disconnect the network in a preventive manner “, explains Maarten Vanheusden, IT manager. ” It allows us to see step by step and precisely what has been infected .”

It is not yet clear whether the hackers gained access to the information. “For now, it looks like no patient data has been stolen. We also have no idea where this hack came from. 

The laboratory did not comply with the hackers’ request and filed a complaint with the Antwerp prosecutor’s office.

The Federal Police’s Computer Crime Unit is continuing its investigation. In the meantime, the laboratory network is still offline.

Priyanshu Vijayvargiya

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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