Cyber attack – Tameside Hospital not hit
Friday 12th May 2017 @ 23:13 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton News Tameside

Tameside and Glossop appear to have escaped a massive cyber attack which has hit the NHS nationwide.

This morning (Monday, May 15) a spokesperson for Tameside Hospital confirmed it had not suffered any computer problems in relation to the cyber attack.
Many Trusts have been hit across the country causing chaos for patients with hospital staff unable to access any computer records following the attack.
Operations have been cancelled and in some areas patients have been asked to stay away from A&Es.
It is not believed patient details have been accessed.
Locally hospitals listed as being hit are the Trafford Hospitals Trust, Wigan Hospitals Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary (part of the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Bolton CCG and Bury CCG.
However, Tameside and Glossop are not listed and Derbyshire too appears to have escaped.
The cyber attack locks users out of their computers, demanding a ransom be paid to recover files and data.
In a statement NHS digital said: “A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack.
“The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.
“This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.
“At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed.
“NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected.
“Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.”

‘Business as usual’

Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS Incident Director, has added: “We’d like to reassure patients that if they need the NHS and it’s an emergency that they should visit A&E or access emergency services in the same way as they normally would and staff will ensure they get the care they need.
“NHS Digital is investigating the incident and across the NHS we have tried and tested contingency plans to ensure we are able to keep the NHS open for business.”
The attack is not limited to the NHS or even the UK, with many nations across the globe having fallen victim to the hackers.