Evil hackers have hacked NHS computers and are now demanding money from doctors OR ELSE there important files will be deleted.
It has been reported that at least 19 Nhs trusts across England have been affected by the hack where ransomware software has been uploaded to NHS servers.
Doctors logging into an infected computer will find themselves locked out and presented with a message telling them to pay £300 worth of bitcoins to a specific address. The message also warns that the longer doctors wait to pay the higher the ransom will become until eventually the files are deleted.
What is ransomware? Ransomware is software covertly uploaded to a compromised device which encypts the data on that device rendering the data useless. The hacker will then demand a ransom usually in the form of bitcoins to decrpyt the data.
It is beleived that this attack is part of WannaCrypt0r/WannaCry and is based upon a vulnerability found on windows which can quickly spread to other computers on a network. The hackers are thought to originate from china.
Even if the doctors do pay to get their files back, there is no guarantee that the hackers will even decrypt their files or will not try to upload more ransomware again using the same vulibitly they used to gain access to the computers.
A spokeperson for the NHS has said that “To ensure that all back-up processes and procedures were put in place quickly, the trust declared a major internal incident to make sure that patients already in the trust’s hospitals continued to receive the care they need,”. The NHS is currently working alongside the national crime agency to find out who is behind the cyber attack.
This act is truly pure evil and abhorrent act and shows the depths some people will go because of their greed. This hack could proove deadly as the hackers are putting patients lives in danger by restrciting doctors to important medical information stored on their computers.
Hospitals affected by the hack have had to send patients to other hospitals and have had to cancel routine treatments. East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust asking patients to not come in to A&E and to ring 999 instead of coming straight to the hospital. It is feared that the virus may spread to other NHS trusts.
The list of NHS trusts that have been targetted are:
- Derbyshire Community Health Services
- East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- St Barts Health NHS Trust
- NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
- Wingate Medical Centre
- NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
- East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
- Sherwood Forest NHS Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare
- Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Kent Community Health
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
One can only hope that the hackers themselves goto one of the hacked hospitals and through there own actions have accidently deleted their own medical information needed to save them.
This hack comes just months after a similar attack on the British heart foundation computers.