Amber Rudd: Nearly 50 NHS trusts affected by cyber-attack

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13th May 2017

Six NHS trusts were still fighting to get their systems back online tonight after a cyber-attack crippled 48 across the country, Amber Rudd has confirmed.

Parts of the NHS struggled to cope yesterday after the cyber-attack hit
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After chairing an emergency Cobra meeting the Home Secretary said 97% of affected trusts were “working as normal” and said there was no evidence patient data had been compromised.

Operations were cancelled and GP appointments lost after the 'ransomware' attack on began on Friday and spread worldwide.

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Experts believe the virus used in the hack was stolen from America’s National Security Authority. Those responsible have not been identified yet.

Earlier Ms Rudd warned: "Cyber-security is a huge industry and we can all do better to protect our businesses and our personal information.

"I would expect NHS trusts to learn from this and to make sure that they do upgrade."

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have demanded a formal inquiry into the incident and questioned why the Conservatives failed to renew certain security measures.

Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth said: “There will be lessons to learn from what appears to be the biggest criminal cyber attack in history.”

Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Lord Paddick said: “It is worrying that in Amber Rudd we have a Home Secretary in the digital age more suited to the era of analogue.

“This is not the first time she has looked lost in cyber-space. The Government likes to look tough but this is an example of where it has left Britain defenceless. We demand to be told why.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “very angry” about the attack, while Prime Minister Theresa May insisted cyber security had been properly funded.