NHS hack: Lessons to be learned, admits Home Secretary Amber Rudd : i News

Amber Rudd says the Government has invested billions in cyber security (Picture: Getty Images)

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted that lessons may need to be learned after the NHS fell victim to an “unprecedented” cyber attack on Friday. Forty-eight health organisations in England and Scotland were affected and at least 16 had to shut down their IT systems which caused treatment for patients to be delayed and cancelled. All but six were back up and running by Saturday evening. There are concerns that outdated software left systems vulnerable to the ransomware attack which struck organisations in almost 100 countries across the world.
‘No evidence of data loss’

When asked if patients’ files had been backed up, Ms Rudd told the BBC: “I hope the answer is yes – those are the instructions that everybody has received in the past. “We will find out over the next few days if there are any holes in that.” She added: “There may be lessons to learn from this but the most important thing now is to disrupt the attack.” The Government later clarified that it had seen “no evidence” of data loss.
‘Questions for the Government to answer’

Labour accused the Government of ignoring “extensive warning signs” about vulnerabilities in NHS IT systems since the use of a security package was stopped two years. In a letter to Jeremy Hunt, shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said concerns were repeatedly flagged about outdated computer systems and urged him to outline how the Government plans to improve cyber security in the NHS.


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