THE LOCAL HOPITAL’S COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN HIT BY CYBER TERRORISTS
It is believed that personal information of patients is secure.
NHS hit by large scale cyber attack
There have been confirmed reports that the NHS has been hit by ransomware, taking down hospital computers.
Currently Trusts and hospitals in London, Nottingham, Blackburn, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have all been affected.
The ransomware which has locked NHS computers is asking for payment of $300 in Bitcoin.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is aware of cyber incident and is working with the NHS and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
Here’s the malware attack which appears to have hit NHS hospitals right across England today
A spokesperson for NHS Digital said: “The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.” NHS Digital is working closely with the NCSC, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations.This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.”
“Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.”
We are reminding people of how to protect themselves from ransomware
- Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
- Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
- Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to aren’t left in an insecure location or on the same network that your machines are connected too.
Report fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud and receive a police crime reference number.