The National Audit Office (NAO) has stated that it will investigate the cyber attack in order to clarify the impact on the NHS and its patients and the reasons why some parts of the health service were more strongly impacted than others.
The NAO investigation will also assess the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders and how they responded to the attack.
On 12th May 2017, the Hospitals across England have been hit by a major ransomware attack. The attacks may not be targeted specifically at the National Health Service (NHS) alone but the NHS was particularly affected.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts a victim’s documents, images, music and other files unless the victim pays for a key to unlock them. The ransomware attack led to appointments and operations being cancelled and also led to ambulances being diverted from hospitals in some areas.
The latest findings by IBM Security found that the number of ransomware-infected emails increased 6,000 percent in 2016 compared to the previous twelve months. These emails generally have attachments disguised as invoices, faxes, statements, spread sheets, personal notes etc. Attackers are trying harder to infect users’ computers right through their inboxes.
The NAO has invited interested organisations to submit evidence ahead of an investigation by the UK parliamentary body this autumn. Interested Organisations can contact to NAO investigation team.
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