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London Hospital Cyber Attack: NCSC provides statement

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published advice on the cyber-attack on London hospitals.

What update has the NCSC provided?

The NCSC, a part of GCHQ, is “aware that a cybercriminal group has published data which it claims belongs to Synnovis, a provider of pathology services to the NHS.”

You can read the full NCSC press release here

The incident occurred earlier this month and involved cybercriminals attacking the NHS London Trust Synnovis computer system.  

If you want to read more, please see link here

Government authorities are investigating the cyber-attack, which includes the NCSC.

What has the NCSC said?

Eleanor Fairford, NCSC Deputy Director for Incident Management, said:

“The reports of sensitive data being published online by cyber criminals are very concerning and we are working with Synnovis and partners in the NHS and law enforcement to fully investigate.

“While investigations to determine whether sensitive data have been leaked are ongoing, we advise people to remain alert to suspicious messages or calls from would-be fraudsters who might try to exploit the situation.

“To help protect against the impacts of any data breach, we advise individuals to follow our practical advice, available at ncsc.gov.uk.”

The NHS will provide updates on the incident as more information becomes available via NHS England’s digital.nhs.uk website. A helpline has been set up and is available to answer questions.

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