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NHS records released without permission

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The NHS’s seventieth anniversary celebrations have been somewhat tarnished by the revelation that the confidential medical records of 150,000 patients have not remained confidential after all – contrary to their express wishes. The patients had assumed that health data stored on the NHS’s Digital IT system would be kept private… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity gets a shot in the arm

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In the aftermath of the crippling WannaCry attack in 2017, the NHS has called in Microsoft to beef up its cybersecurity. The Department of Health and Social Care is investing £150 Million over three years to guard against future disruption to Britain’s vital healthcare services. On top of this, the… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in poor health

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Investigations carried out in the wake of last year’s WannaCry cyberattack have revealed that all of England’s NHS trusts are failing to reach an adequate standard of cybersecurity. The NCSC pointed the finger of blame for the WannaCry attack in May 2017 at Lazarus, a North Korean hacking team. The… Read more »

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NCSC winning the war on phishing

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The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has foiled a number of attempted phishing exploits; including ones purporting to be from the NHS, HMRC and other high profile and respected brands. Phishing emails encourage recipients to open malicious attachments containing malware or to log in to bogus sites which allow the… Read more »

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Google misdiagnoses NHS as botnet

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As one of the world’s largest employers with 1.2m staff, the NHS tends to have a lot of people using Google at any one time – clinicians in particular (which in our mind raises another set of questions…). It must have come as a shock, therefore, when Google decided to… Read more »

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NHS cybersecurity in parlous state of health

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As if budget deficits and junior doctor strikes aren’t enough, Sky TV has revealed that the NHS’ IT system is also in need of major surgery. It is not only patients’ sensitive health data that’s at risk – hackers could also shut down vital equipment and systems. Hospitals have become… Read more »

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Study reveals privacy gaps in NHS-endorsed apps

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A recent study by students at Imperial College London has found that some health apps approved by the NHS sent personal data without encryption, thereby leaving users vulnerable to cyber hacking. These apps were meant to be watertight from a security viewpoint and have now been removed from circulation. Some… Read more »

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NHS website exposes users to malware

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More than 800 pages on the NHS offcial website experienced a coding error which redirected users to harmful websites. In a statement, the NHS said its site had not been maliciously attacked and that it had fixed the problem. The NHS explained in their statement, “an internal coding error has… Read more »

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