UnitingCare Queensland hit by cyber attack

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UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) has been hit by a cyber attack that has shut down some of the organisation’s digital and technology systems.

UCQ provides aged care, disability supports, health care and crisis response in Queensland through Blue Care, Lifeline, The Wesley Hospital and St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane, Buderim Private Hospital on the Sunshine Coast and St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay. It also provides community, aged care, disability and mental health support in the Northern Territory through ARRCS.

“On Sunday 25 April, UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) was impacted by a cyber incident. As a result of this incident, some of the organisation’s Digital and Technology systems are currently inaccessible,” UCQ said in a media release.

“As soon as we became aware of the incident, we engaged the support of lead external technical and forensic advisors. We also notified the Australian Cyber Security Centre of the incident and are continuing to work with them to investigate the incident.”

UCQ had to use manual back-up processes to ensure continuity of most services.

“Where manual processes cannot be implemented, services are being redirected or rescheduled accordingly,” UCQ said.

UCQ said on Tuesday it was working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible.

Regis suffered a cyber attack in August last year, with some data publicly released.