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UK’s Public Healthcare Service Hit by a Ransomware Attack


A software provider to Britain’s National Healthcare Service (NHS) confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack.

Advanced, a major provider of the NHS, identified the cyberattack on August 4. A week later, the company issued a statement confirming it was hit by ransomware, Cybernews reports.

“Advanced experienced a disruption to our systems that we have since determined to be the result of a cybersecurity incident caused by ransomware,” the statement said. “We immediately took action to mitigate any further risk and isolated all of our health and care environments, where the incident was detected.

According to Cybernews, the money-motivated cyberattack could potentially impact millions of patients that use the NHS.

The NHS said it was working with the National Cyber Security Center to “fully understand the impact” of the attack and encouraged the public to use the NHS services as usual.

Ransomware is a malware designed to encrypt a user’s or organization’s access to files on their computer. The attacker then demands ransom payment for the decryption key.

Resources:

1. Cybernews. Public healthcare service in UK hit by ransomware.

2. Advanced. Incident summary.

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