Numerous NHS hospitals across the UK have been hit by a major cyber-attack, causing ambulances to be diverted and scheduled operations to be cancelled, it’s being reported tonight.
Here’s the malware attack which appears to have hit NHS hospitals right across England today pic.twitter.com/zIAJ6wbAG5
— Lawrence Dunhill (@LawrenceDunhill) May 12, 2017
The malware attack which has infected machines across Europe has spread to UK healthcare systems, leaving staff unable to access important patients’ records, although at present there’s no indication any medical data has been stolen. Several A&E departments are telling patients not to visit unless it is a “genuine emergency” or “an urgent or life-saving matter”.
NHS Digital, the branch of the health service dealing with the attack, has issued a statement which includes the following:
“The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.
“At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.”
As of Friday evening it is thought up to 40 NHS organisations were affected.