He told the New Zealand Herald, which also received the email, that it had been forwarded to police, and would not comment on whether the DHB had any communication with the hackers. Police said the email was “being assessed”.
The email contained a link, supposedly showing “what kind of documents they lost”. Newshub did not try to open the link.
The person who sent the email said they were giving the DHB one more day to get in touch.
“For us there is no cyber war, just a business. They have a lot of budget money. That amount has to be spent to save people’s lives. Now it’s time when they can save no one and they don’t want to pay.
“They lie to you that their job is helping people. They allow themselves to steal budget money, but they don’t allow themselves to spend it to restore their hospitals.
“Backups are gone, information gone. They understand the situation. Waikato DHB cannot be fully restored without us.”