NHS trusts in England are increasingly being hit by ransomware attacks

NHS trusts in England are increasingly being hit by ransomware attacks

According to reports, NHS trusts in England are being increasingly targeted by cyber-blackmailers who try to extort ransoms from hospitals.

Figures obtained by the i in Freedom of Information request have revealed that ransomware attacks by cyber-blackmailers have apparently hit at least 28 NHS trusts in England in the last one year.

The figures clearly point to the increasing vulnerability of NHS IT systems to attacks by cyber-blackmailers.

However, acknowledging that the IT systems at NHS trusts have been increasingly attacked by cyber-criminals, NHS Digital -- the organization which oversees cyber-security for the health service -- said that, despite the increase in attacks, the NHS trusts neither lost any data nor paid any ransom top cyber-blackmailers.

The NHS Digital specifically told i that the attacks did not have any effect on patient records; and also added alongside that organisations other than the NHS have also been targeted in the attacks.

Towards that end, Ollie Whitehouse -- technical director of Internet security firm NCC Group -- said that ransomware attacks have increased by nearly 400 percent; and added: "The health service is by no means alone in facing this kind of attack.”

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