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Whittington Hospital not affected as NHS hit by cyber attack

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 12 May 2017

The Whittington Hospital has not been affected by the hack.                            Picture: PA/Steve Parson

The Whittington Hospital has not been affected by the hack. Picture: PA/Steve Parson

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The Whittington Hospital has not been affected by a cyber attack on NHS organisations across the country.

NHS Digital said 16 institutions had reported problems with their IT systems after the hack.

But a spokeswoman for the Whit told the Islington Gazette that the hospital’s systems have not been hit.

The full NHS Digital statement reads:

A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack.

The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.

This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.

At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed.

NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected.

Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.

As at 15.30, 16 NHS organisations had reported that they were affected by this issue.

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