Cyber Attack on New Zealand Pinnacle Group

Pinnacle Midlands Health’s computer network was disrupted by some hackers, leading to personal data loss and termination of some emergency services. The cyber incident took place on September 28th this year and the IT staff noted the developments on time and pulled the infected servers offline.

Justin Butcher, the CEO of Pinnacle New Zealand, acknowledged the cyber attack news as true and added that the breach was identified and contained on time and an investigation has been launched on those behind the incident. Patients needed care help and medical Centre advice works normally.

Cybersecurity experts were pressed into service alongside relevant law enforcement authorities to deeply probe the incident.

The only good part in the incident is Pinnacle is backed up by an efficient contingency plan and is sure to recover from it in a couple of weeks’ time.

Pinnacle only used to practice the activity of storing personal info such as names, addresses and National Health Index Numbers and doesn’t store any other sensitive details on its server farms.

Currently, the Russian cyber army is highly active in launching attacks on adversaries, especially after the start of its war with the Ukraine.

New Zealand never lent its support to Ukraine or Russia. But is acting as a silent spectator as soon as Joe Biden pressed economic sanctions on kremlin. So the incident cannot be termed as a state sponsored attack, but might be a mischief of those operating with the likes of Killnet.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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