Police investigate after hack shuts NHS hospitals

Hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole affected in last week's attack

Cyber security skull

West Yorkshire Police has launched a criminal investigation into an NHS hospital attack that resulted in a virus being injected into Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust computer systems.

The attack originated in Northern Lincolnshire and Google NHS Foundation Trust's network, but because the computer systems are shared with United Lincolnshire Hospital, its computer systems were locked down immediately following the incident to prevent the spread of attack.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"We are aware of the incident and are investigating it as a crime. We are working closely with the NHS Foundation Trust as enquiries continue," DCI Vanessa Smith, of the regional cybercrime unit at West Yorkshire Police said.

The attack led to the cancellation of appointments, planned operations and diagnostic procedures at hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole, causing major disruption in the area. However, emergency treatment was still available at the hospitals providing such services.

Following the incident last week, Dr Karen Dunderdale, deputy chief executive of the hospital said: "A virus infected our electronic systems on Sunday and we have taken the decision, following expert advice, to shut down the majority of our systems so we can isolate and destroy it.

"Our main priority is patient safety. A major incident has been called and all planned operations, outpatient appointments and diagnostic procedures have been cancelled for today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday)."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

By midweek, the incident had been downgraded as IT experts managed to prevent the virus spreading any further. Dunderdale issued another statement, saying it was business as usual, three days after the attack was first discovered.

"Our systems are now almost fully operational so in terms of patient appointments it will be business as usual on Thursday and onwards with all appointments going ahead within all three of our hospitals and all our community services," she said.

Featured Resources

Preparing for long-term remote working after COVID-19

Learn how to safely and securely enable your remote workforce

Download now

Cloud vs on-premise storage: What’s right for you?

Key considerations driving document storage decisions for businesses

Download now

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Transforming productivity

Solutions that facilitate work at full speed

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/security/ransomware/356292/university-of-california-gets-fleeced-by-hackers-for-114-million
ransomware

University of California gets fleeced by hackers for $1.14 million

30 Jun 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/356289/australia-announces-135b-investment-in-cybersecurity
cyber security

Australia announces $1.35 billion investment in cyber security

30 Jun 2020
Visit/cloud/cloud-security/356288/csa-and-issa-form-cybersecurity-partnership
cloud security

CSA and ISSA form cyber security partnership

30 Jun 2020
Visit/business/policy-legislation/356215/senators-propose-a-bill-aimed-at-ending-warrant-proof-encryption
Policy & legislation

Senators propose a bill aimed at ending warrant-proof encryption

24 Jun 2020

Most Popular

Visit/laptops/29190/how-to-find-ram-speed-size-and-type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020
Visit/business/business-operations/356395/nvidia-overtakes-intel-as-most-valuable-us-chipmaker
Business operations

Nvidia overtakes Intel as most valuable US chipmaker

9 Jul 2020
Visit/mobile/google-android/356373/over-2-dozen-additional-android-apps-found-stealing-user-data
Google Android

Over two dozen Android apps found stealing user data

7 Jul 2020