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Dead French tourist was depressed: family

UPDATED: The family of a French 19-year-old girl found dead in a Barcelona hotel room on Sunday with knife wounds had reported the young woman missing, telling police she was depressed and displaying suicidal tendencies, Spanish media are reporting.

Dead French tourist was depressed: family
The dead woman was found in the Olivia Plaza hotel in Barcelona's central Plaça Catalunya. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

The family told police the young woman had most likely been travelling with her French boyfriend, identified only as A. J. P. R. G. by Catalan daily La Vanguardia. 

The family of the boyfriend also reported him as missing, while noting the girl's fragile psychological state, the daily added.  

The boyfriend is currently being sought by French police after staff at the Olivia Plaza hotel in Barcelona's central Plaça Catalunya discovered the body of the young woman after entering the room at 12.30pm on Sunday.

The body reportedly showed signs of knife wounds and police said that they hope the missing man will be able to explain what had happened.

The knife used to inflict the injuries was found in the room and police are now studying hotel surveillance video as investigations continue.

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Hackers post French hospital patient data online

Hackers who crippled a French hospital and stole a trove of data last month have released personal records of patients online, officials have confirmed.

Hackers post French hospital patient data online

The cyberattackers demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital near Paris a month ago, but the institution refused to pay.

The hospital said the hackers had now dumped medical scans and lab analyses along with the social security numbers of patients.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the unspeakable disclosure of hacked data,” health minister François Braun tweeted on Sunday.

Hospitals around the world have been facing increasing attacks from ransomware groups, particularly since the pandemic stretched resources to breaking point.

The problem has been acute in France, where officials estimated early last year that healthcare institutions were facing on average an attack every week.

President Emmanuel Macron last year called the attacks during the pandemic a “crisis within a crisis” and announced an extra one billion euros for cybersecurity.

During last month’s attack, the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital shut down its emergency services and sent many patients to other institutions.

At one point, officials said the only technology still working was the telephone.

Rather than selling the trove of data, the hacker has dumped at least some of it for download on the “dark web” — a hidden part of the internet that requires special software to access.

Analysts said it seemed to be a tactic to put pressure on the hospital, even though public institutions are banned by French law from paying ransoms.

Cybersecurity researcher Damien Bancal, who revealed the leak and has seen the files, told AFP the worry is that other criminals will now launch scams with the data that has already been divulged.

In response to the leak on the weekend, the hospital severely restricted access to its systems and told patients to be extremely vigilant when receiving emails, text messages or phone calls.

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