Cyberattack pulls the plug on British hospitals

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Bart’s Health, which runs several London hospitals, said it had activated its major incident plan, cancelling routine appointments and diverting ambulances to neighbouring hospitals.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in an area north of London, said “the trust has experienced a major IT problem, believed to be caused by a cyberattack.”

Hospitals in London, northwest England and other parts of the country reported problems with their computer systems. They asked patients not to come to the hospitals unless it was an emergency.

It said its hospitals had shut down all computer systems as a protective measure and cancelled all non-urgent activity.

— NHS iMerseyside (@NHSiMerseyside) May 12, 2017

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Following a suspected national cyber attack we are taking all precautionary measures possible to protect our local NHS systems and services.

"The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor", said NHS in a statement posted to their website. "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."

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Alleged picture of ransomware affecting NHS systems (Twitter)
LONDON — Hospitals across England cancelled appointments and turned away patients Friday after suffering an apparent cyberattack.

NHS Merseyside, which operates several hospitals in northwest England, tweeted that “following a suspected national cyberattack, we are taking all precautionary measures possible to protect our local NHS systems and services.”
Britain’s National Health Service is a source of pride for many Britons but faces substantial budget issues.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 worth of the online currency Bitcoin (approx. £415,000), saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

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