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NHS England hit by 'cyber-attack'

NHS England hit by 'cyber-attack'
From BBC - May 12, 2017

NHS services across England have been hit by IT failure, believed to be caused by a large-scale cyber-attack.

Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected.

Some GP surgeries have had to shut down phone and IT systems while A&Es have told people not to attend unless it's a real emergency.

NHS England says it is aware of the issue and is looking into it.

Software called ransomware is thought to be behind the cyber-attack.

Among those affected is the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust which says it is experiencing problems with computers and phone systems.

It has postponed all non-urgent activity and is asking people not to come to A&E at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

IT specialists are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, a statement from the trust says.

Also affected is Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust which says it has shut down all of its IT systems following a "secure system attack".

A GP from a surgery in York said: "We received a call from York CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] around an hour ago telling us to switch off all of our computers immediately.

Analysis: Chris Baraniuk, technology reporter

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