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UK Hospitals Shut Down By Massive Cyber Attack

NHS England confirms huge attack closing hospitals

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 12th May 2017 @ 2.31pm
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UK hospitals shut down by cyber attack

Hospitals across the UK have been brought to a standstill by the largest cyber-attack of its kind in history.

NHS England has confirmed the attack has affected its IT system.

Hospital staff across the country have been sent home with patients left stranded without care.

The Guardian reportsHospitals across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit by a bug in their IT systems, leading to many diverting emergency patients. NHS England said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon.

Meanwhile, doctors have been posting on Twitter about what has been happening to their systems.

A screen grab of an instant message conversation circulated by one doctor says: “So our hospital is down … We got a message saying your computers are now under their control and pay a certain amount of money. And now everything is gone.”

East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, one of the those affected, said in a statement: “Today (Friday, 12 May 2017), the trust has experienced a major IT problem, believed to be caused by a cyber attack.

“Immediately on the discovery of the problem, the trust acted to protect its IT systems by shutting them down; it also meant that the trust’s telephone system is not able to accept incoming calls.

“The trust is postponing all non-urgent activity for today and is asking people not to come to A&E - please ring NHS111 for urgent medical advice or 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

“To ensure that all backup 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.”

More details soon …


tags: NHS  | Doctors

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