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Ransomware attack leaves London hospital services disrupted and cancelled | #ransomware | #cybercrime

Key services at several London hospitals have been severely disrupted by a ransomware attack this week at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The cyberattack targeted IT systems from lab services provider Synnovis, which is a partnership between the two trusts and SYNLAB.

SYNLAB’s CEO, Mark Dollar, said it is working with the National Health Service to minimise patient impact, with the situation now referred to law enforcement and the Information Commissioner, alongside National Cyber Security Centre officials.

“We take cybersecurity very seriously at Synnovis and have invested heavily in ensuring our IT arrangements are as safe as they possibly can be,” he said.

An NHS London spokesperson went on to comment: “The ransomware cyberattack on Synnovis is continuing to cause disruption to services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and primary care providers in southeast London.

“NHS England has deployed a cyber incident response team, which is working round the clock to support Synnovis and provide emergency guidance, as well as coordinating with health services across the capital to minimise disruption to patient care.”

The trusts have confirmed their pathology services have been affected – particularly blood tests – with both being forced to redirect some patient care as well as cancel some procedures and appointments.

The incident is also affecting GP services across Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark, and Lambeth boroughs.

All urgent and emergency services such as A&E, urgent care centres, maternity departments remain open as usual.

At present the full extent of the attack, as well as the impact upon data, is not known. The NHS has said that once further information is known it will report accordingly in line with ICO requirements.

Rick Jones, CEO and Co-Founder of DigitalXRAID, recently discussed cybersecurity and its importance in the healthcare sector, with the ITIJ team.

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