Computer Virus Took Down NSW Ambulance Comms System Over The Weekend

Hopefully nobody in NSW required an ambulance over the weekend, with the state's ambulance communications systems taken down for about 24 hours due to a computer virus.

The virus hit the NSW ambulance dispatch at around 1pm on Saturday, forcing staff to revert to manual systems such as taking notes and telephoning paramedics to coordinate their work.

The fact that the staff could revert to manual systems meant no lives were ever in (more) danger due to the virus-induced computer outage, but it's still curious as to how communications centres in Sydney, Newcastle, Dubbo and Wollongong were all taken down. An investigation into what caused the shutdown is now underway.

At least we know it wasn't a paramedic plugging in a virus-laden iPod...

[via ABC News]

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