Life Healthcare Group has announced that its operation has been the victim of a targeted criminal attack on its IT systems.
In a statement on Tuesday, the group said it acted immediately after becoming aware of the hack and took its systems offline.
“We acted immediately on becoming aware of the incident and took our systems offline, in order to actively contain the attack,” the group said.
“The extent to which sensitive data has been compromised is yet to be ascertained, as we are still in the process of investigating.”
External cyber security experts and forensic teams have been brought on board to advise and supplement its internal teams and capacity, said Life Healthcare.
“We have alerted the relevant authorities and investigations are under way.”
Patient care has not been impacted, the group emphasised and administrative offices have switched over to backup manual processing systems.
Pieter van der Westhuizen, acting group CEO, said: “We are deeply disappointed and saddened that criminals would attack our facilities during such a time, when we are all working tirelessly and collectively to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we will not be distracted, and will continue to place our patients first.”
Life Healthcare is the third major South African company that has been targeted by hackers this year.