Trust hit by ran­somware at­tack through emails

The Wharf - - The Week -

An east London health trust has been hit by a ran­somware cy­ber at­tack that could af­fect thou­sands of files across four London hos­pi­tals.

Barts Health Trust, which runs The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Ne­wham, has sent a mes­sage to staff urg­ing them not to open email at­tach­ments from un­known senders.

Viruses such as ran­somware are de­liv­ered via emails which trick the re­cip­i­ent into open­ing at­tach­ments and re­leas­ing mal­ware.

The trust has not con­firmed how much of their sys­tem has been af­fected by the at­tack or if pa­tient data has been com­pro­mised.

A spokes­woman for Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We have tried and tested con­tin­gency plans in place and are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that pa­tient care will not be af­fected.”

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