NHS Ransomware attack to be seriously probed

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A ransomware attack on a software services provider of UK named ‘Advanced’ is said to have affected the patients of NHS and National Cyber Security Centre in coordination with Information Commissioner’s Office are busy finding the scale of impact the cyber incident could create on the health services provider.

Currently, the identity of the attacker has been withheld, as the investigation is yet to be concluded.

In what is known to our Cybersecurity Insiders, all those customers using Adastra, Caresys, Odyssey, Carenotes, Crosscare, Staffplan and eFinancial software were deeply hit by the attack. And sources confirmed the incident took place on August 4th of this year and for that reason, the NHS 111 was down for days.

NHS that oversees medical services of over 250,000 people across 1,230 hospitals hasn’t reacted to the incident on an official note. However, the spokesperson assured a detailed press release after the preliminary inquiries are completed.

As many critical care patient admissions were hit serious because of the glitch in administrative software, the IT staff are taking all measures to recover from the incident at the earliest.

Government of the UK that is currently busy in picking up its next prime minister has taken a note of the situation and issued a red alert across the kingdom as they do not want to repeat the repercussions seen in the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

As Advanced provides IT and software services to around 42 acute n mental health trusts in Britain, it has hired a third-party forensic firm to investigate the incident to the core.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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