Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Southport cyber security chief says hospital could have avoided crippling hack

Southport cyber security chief says hospital could have avoided crippling hack

Around a fifth of NHS trusts were hit in the attack, forcing them to postpone operations and procedures over the weekend.

The ransomware program demanded a payment worth £230 to unlock the affected computers.

Large swathes of the NHS have been paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world.

However, major cyber security firms are looking into clues that may connect the global "ransomware" attack known as WannaCry with programs previously attributed to North Korea, it emerged overnight.

The attack was first detected on Friday.

At Broomfield Hospital, part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Midlands & East), trauma patients were being diverted to Southend University Hospital.

Sexual health services are struggling to rebuild in the wake of a cyber attack that devastated the UK's National Health Service.

Staff at the hospital have been working around the clock to make sure the impact on patients is as minimal as possible.

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But on Tuesday afternoon the trust confirmed the services would return to normal tomorrow morning.

Cyber security experts had warned that the ransomware virus, which affected one in five NHS trusts, could be reactivated by computers and devices that had not yet been switched on.

"The global attack did affect some of our PCs at Plymouth Hospitals but we can confirm that no clinical systems were infected by the ransomeware and there has been no loss of data".

The minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security, Dan Tehan, said that government agencies and the nation's critical infrastructure have not been affected by the malware campaign.

"Patients already in hospital at this time will continue to receive normal care".

Some planned surgery and outpatient appointments will continue at all of the trust's hospitals, including all renal dialysis services.

The internet connection was back up yesterday and the hospital said patients, who were still able to text or phone, weren't affected over the weekend.

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