Hospitals across England hit by ransomware cyber attack, systems knocked offline

From ZDNet and reported by Danny Palmer —

Patients are being diverted as technical problems forces at least 16 NHS hospital groups across the country offline.

Hospitals across England are being forced to postpone appointments and divert patients elsewhere because systems have been taken offline by a ransomware attack.

In a statement, NHS Digital, which runs IT systems for the health service, has confirmed that systems across the country have been brought down by a ransomware attack – specially by the Wanna Decryptor ransomware. As of 15:30 on Friday afternoon, 16 NHS organisations have reported they are affected.

While the NHS has been hugely affected by this attack, it isn’t specifically targeting the NHS with organisations in a range of sectors across the globe having come under attack by Wanna Decryptor malware.

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