Hospitals across the UK hit by ransomware cyber attack, systems knocked offlineMay 12, 2017
Hospitals across England and Scotland are being forced to postpone appointments and divert patients elsewhere because systems have been taken offline by a ransomware attack in an event NHS England has declared as a ‘major incident’.
In a statement, NHS Digital, which runs IT systems for the health service, has confirmed that systems across the country have been brought down by a ransomware attack – specially by the Wanna Decryptor ransomware. As of 15:30 on Friday afternoon, 16 NHS organisations reported they are affected – that number has risen to 25 as of 17:30, with NHS organisations in parts of Scotland also stating they’ve come under cyberattack.
NHS Digital said: “A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack. The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.”
It went on: “This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors. At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed.”