The Health Service Executive is "gaining momentum" in rebuilding its healthcare systems following the cyber attack on 14 May.

Paul Reid, CEO of the HSE, said in a post on Twitter: "We're gaining momentum in rebuilding many of our healthcare systems.

"We're conscious it will be some time yet before our patients and staff see the full benefits though and we're still at high risk levels."

HSE Chief Clinical Officer Colm Henry was asked about the attack on the health system computer network in an interview with Raidió na Gaeltachta today.

He said he was reluctant to point the finger at the HSE for having inadequate protection for their system.

"We must remember at all times that this attack was perpetrated by criminals who had no scruples about who they targeted and who suffered as a result of their criminality."


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The HSE earlier said it is taking "very seriously" any potential publication of patient data after confirming that information related to 522 patients had been published on the dark web by the group that launched the cyber attack on its IT systems two weeks ago.

It said it is continuing to monitor social media for any further data breaches, although it is not aware yet of further attempts to publish such sensitive information.

The data, which is no longer accessible, included medical histories and records, minutes of meetings and correspondence with patients, as well as corporate documentation related to HSE operations.

It said it is continuing to monitor social media for any further data breaches, although it is not aware yet of further attempts to publish such sensitive information.

A much higher level of detail was published about nine of the individual patients.

The HSE believes it was published by the cyber attackers as a teaser to strengthen their demand for a ransom.