We just caught wind of some pretty scary news just now, hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack.
This has been confirmed by NHS England, who stated that staff have been locked out of their computers and some trusts have even had to divert emergency patients to other locations. According to the report by The Guardian, the IT systems within NHS sites across England were simultaneously hit with a pop-up message.
This message demanded a ransom in exchange for access to the PCs.
This was confirmed by the following tweet that was sent by someone who we presume works at the NHS.
— gigi.h (@fendifille) May 12, 2017
An NHS IT worker also said the following to The Guardian in a statement:
“A bitcoin virus pop-up message had been introduced on to the network asking users to pay $300 to be able to access their PCs. You cannot get past this screen. This followed with an internal major incident being declared and advised all trust staff to shut down all PCs in the trust and await further instructions.”
“This is affecting the east of England and number of other trusts. This is the largest outage of this nature I’ve seen in the six years I’ve been employed with the NHS.”
This isn’t the first time that we have seen an attack similar to this, however, it is one of the largest attacks on the NHS for quite some time now, that said, ransom attacks are becoming more popular lately and it’s definitely something that we would recommend that you protect yourself from.
Sadly, we don’t know how this attack has affected customer data, but we will be sure to update you when we do.
In the meantime, The Guardian has created a pretty substantial report, so we wouldn’t want to repeat all of that, instead just read their report at the source link below.