NHS Cyber Attack Allegedly Exposes Personal Data of 1.2 Million Patients


The UK’s Civil Health Service (NHS) has reportedly fallen victim to another massive cyber-attack, revealing the confidential records of up to 1.2 million patients.According to reports, an unfamiliar hacker claimed to exploit a weakness in the NHS’ appointment booking system, SwiftQueue.The vendor is caught by eight NHS trusts to manage booked appointments, as well as operate stations in waiting rooms, where patients can check-in upon arrival.An unique excluding report by The Sun states the hacker was able to download SwiftQueue’s entire database of 11 million notes, including the personal data of 1.2 million NHS patients.“I think the notable has the right to know how big companies like SwiftQueue handles sensitive materials,” the hacker told The Sun. “They can’t even protect patient details.”The message compromised included patient names, dates of birth, phone swarms and, in some cases, email addresses.In response to the allegations, SwiftQueue recognized the hack, while refuting the incident occurred at a much smaller surmount.The company said their initial investigation suggested only 32,500 “activities of administrative data” had been accessed – including “test data” affiliated to “dummy patients.” It added that it did not store patients’ medical documents and that passwords were encrypted.

Source: SwiftQueueThe breach be includes to have affected only one NHS trust. However, the company did not specify which ability was impacted or how many patients were affected by the breach.SwiftQueue alleged it reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit earlier this month.Fail in May, the infamous WannaCry ransomware outbreak hit nearly 50 NHS trusts, push healthcare providers to turn away patients and cancel scheduled assignments.After spreading to infect hundreds of thousands of computers across the globule, experts have called the attack the biggest ransomware outbreak in biography.

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