British hospitals hit by cyber attack: health service

In an statement released around 11:30 a.m. ET, the system's digital office said , "This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors". NHS hospitals across England have been hit with what looks to be a cyberattack with the motivation of extortion. "After detecting MEM:Trojan.Win64.EquationDrug.gen reboot of the system; in the future to prevent such incidents is to use the services of informing about the threats in order to ...

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The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers. Among them was the Barts Health group which manages major central London hospitals including The Royal London and St Bartholomew's. British government officials and intelligence chiefs have repeatedly highlighted the threat to critical infrastructure and the economy from cyberattacks.

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Affected hospitals include those run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, Barts Health in London , Essex Partnership university NHS trusts, the university hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust, Southport and Ormskirk hospital NHS trust and Blackpool teaching hospital NHS foundation trust.

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Cybersecurity experts told ABC News that the unidentified attackers exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was identified by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked to the public by the hacker group The Shadow Brokers in April.