A number of hospitals have been hit by a large scale cyber attack, NHS England has confirmed.
Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected by an attempted cyber attack which is “creeping” across the UK. NHS England said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon.
Doctors have been posting on Twitter about what has been happening to their systems.
Why would you cyber attack a hospital and hold it for ransom? The state of the world 😂 pic.twitter.com/e6h6yNrBBB
— If.ra (@asystoly) May 12, 2017
Many NHS Trusts are diverting emergency patients due to the ransomware attack as internal internet system went down and workers unable not access records.
Here’s the malware attack which appears to have hit NHS hospitals right across England today pic.twitter.com/zIAJ6wbAG5
— Lawrence Dunhill (@LawrenceDunhill) May 12, 2017
The attack came on the same day as health care professionals mark International Nurses Day