NHS Cut Backs Byte Back

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital just one NHS hospital affected.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital just one NHS hospital affected.

Over the past 24 hours many NHS systems have been infected with ransom wear that locks users out unless a payment is made to the allow access back to files.

Experts are working to restore NHS systems – but in the mean time ambulance and A&E services are being effected as will some GP services – resulting in cancelled operations and patient care falling.

While clearly the authors of the virus are to blame, and there has been speculation that the original source was US security services, one has to wonder why the NHS has been so badly hit?

Earl suspicions look at the way that the NHS systems have been managed and if this is linked to the shortfall in funding for the NHS.  We all know how costly computing services can be to set up and there is a history of technical issues causing problems, it is unlikely that cuts have not impacted on the ability of the NHS to set up and maintain IT services.

Read more:

http://www.popsci.com/ransomware-hack-affects-hospitals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39906019

 

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