Ministry of Health announces full restoration of systems after hacker attack

Virtual action took place in early December; Secretary denies that there was a blackout of data related to Covid-19

Walter Rosa / Ministry of HealthRodrigo Cruz (right) announced systems restoration and said there was no data loss

THE Ministry of Health announced this Wednesday, 12, that it managed to fully restore the information systems that were the target of a hacker attack took place on December 10, 2021. According to the executive secretary of the portfolio, Rodrigo Cruz, the expectation is that all data that were previously inaccessible will be available to the population by next Friday, the 14th. “It is important to make it clear that there was no loss of information and that there is no blackout of data. The information exists and the Ministry continued to receive and disseminate data during this period, especially that of the pandemic. This information was and continues to be easily accessible on our website through our newsletters and epidemiological bulletins”, Cruz reported.

According to the secretary, the first step of the government’s plan to restore the system was to make sure that no data had been compromised, and then seek the proper resumption of the systems. The ConectSUS app, for example, in which it is possible to access vaccination data, already works normally. “Our systems and Covid-19 information, such as cases, deaths and the Vaccination Campaign, are stored in the cloud. The hacker was able to access the cloud and deleted our systems. These are not off-the-shelf systems that you erase and put in a CD or flash drive and reinstall. When the system is deleted, you have to rebuild it because it is customized and built specifically for the Ministry of Health. [Agora], all systems have the data capture process re-established”, stated Rodrigo Cruz.

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