Trust hit by ransomware attack through emails
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.”