In this photo taken Wednesday, July 5, 2017, patients stand at the reception in a private clinic in Kiev, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Dr. Lidiia Podkopaieva was about to click "send" on an order of new surgical instruments when her computer screen suddenly went dark.Podkopaieva said no one suffered in the attack, but academics argue that even glancing blows to medical facilities like this one represent a damaging break with international norms.Although what happened at Podkopaieva's clinic fell short of the death and destruction that would constitute an unambiguous "attack," Hollis said the disruption was still a step in a dangerous direction.Podkopaieva's pediatric clinic, part of Ukraine's Dobrobut health group, was one of thousands of victims of the data-scrambling software dubbed "Nyetya" that erupted on June 27 .Podkopaieva said the disruption to Dobrobut was considerable.The media group said several pharmaceutical companies also were affected by Nyetya and anecdotal evidence suggests pharmacies across Ukraine experienced shortages when the cyberattack derailed deliveries of medication.Within a day, the appointment system had been restored and by June 30, Podkopaieva finally ordered the instruments she was sending for when her computer went dead.
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