Hospitals and GP Surgeries Across the UK Attacked in Nationwide Ransomware Campaign

NHS England claims 'Wanna Decryptor' ransowmare the cause of nationwide attack on Health Service.


Hospitals and GP Surgeries Across the UK Attacked in Nationwide Ransomware Campaign

A concerted, nationwide ransomware campaign targeting the NHS has taken down IT systems in hospitals and GP surgeries across the UK today. 

Widespread reports indicate that hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected, while East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has today admitted that it has been affected and urged people not to attend A&E.

The trust said that on discovering the problem that it "acted to protect its IT systems by shutting them down". This meant that the trust's telephone system is not able to accept incoming calls, while the press team has had to use iPads and remote e-mail addresses to relay this information to the media.

In the statement, the trust said:

"To ensure all back-up processes and procedures were put in place quickly, the trust declared a major internal incident to make sure that patients already in the trust's hospitals continued to receive the care they need".

In the meantime, the trust's IT specialists are said to be working to resolve the problem "as quickly as possible".

It's unknown exactly what kind of attack the NHS has been stung by but it's highly likely that the it is some form of ransomware. Last year, a Freedom of Information request filed by the i newspaper revealed that 30 NHS Trusts had admitted they were the victims of ransomware attacks within a 12 month period between 2015 and 2016.

Since then, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation revealed that an attack which led to operations being cancelled for four days in October was the result of a ransomware variant dubbed Globe2. There had also been confusion earlier this year when Barts Health NHS Trust suffered from a cyber attack - but the trust later ruled out the possibility of ransomware.

However, Barts has recently suffered from another IT failure which led to it cancelling 136 operations and hundreds of chemotherapy appointments. It is unknown whether a cyber attack was to blame for the failure.


Source: V3



Hospitals and GP Surgeries Across the UK Attacked in Nationwide Ransomware Campaign

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