Nearly A Million NHS Patients Records Compromised In The UoM Cyber Incident

A recent cyber attack on the University of Manchester has compromised the details of over a million NHS patients.

The Ransomware attack targeted a patient dataset used for research purposes.

The data set encompassed records of major trauma patients across 200 hospitals.

While the full extent of the breach is still unknown, it is crucial to understand how such an attack occurred and the potential consequences it may have for the affected individuals and the healthcare system as a whole.

The University of Manchester, on June 9, confirmed that it had experienced a cyber attack.

The University further confirmed that the threat actors entered into some of its systems and copied a small proportion of data related to its students and alumni.

The data included names, contact details, gender, dates of birth, university ID numbers, and fee statuses, the university said.

Concerning the NHS data, the University however declined to comment on it.

The University assured that its experts are resolving the issues and that it has notified the concerned authorities including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The Independent, which claims to have seen the NHS document about the attack says, the cyber attack targeted the university’s backup servers, granting unauthorized access to sensitive patient data.

Although the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown, the attack raises serious concerns about the vulnerability of healthcare institutions to malicious actors.

The compromised information includes NHS numbers and partial postcodes of the patients

The attack clearly poses a risk to patient privacy and potentially facilitates identity theft or other forms of exploitation.

According to The Independent, the University of Manchester has notified NHS officials about the “potential exposure of patient data.”

The NHS, in turn, has taken immediate action by closing down the compromised data set to prevent further unauthorized access.

However, the full impact of the breach and the extent to which patient names may have been compromised remains uncertain.

Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET said, “The theft of personally identifiable data is concerning, especially when it includes sensitive medical information,” highlighting the severity of the consequences of the attack.

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