Breaking: multiple London hospitals, borough GPs declare ‘critical incident’ from ransomware attack via third party pathology vendor

Breaking News. A group of London hospitals, plus GP services across several boroughs, have been affected by a third-party ransomware attack and have declared a critical incident. The vendor, Synnovis, is a provider of pathology services in a partnership between two London-based hospital trusts and SYNLAB UK & Ireland. The attack started on Monday 3 June. Synnovis reported in its statement yesterday that it affected all its IT systems and interrupted many Synnovis pathology systems. Synnovis “was the victim of a ransomware cyberattack”, according to chief executive Mark Dollar. Affected patient tests via Synnovis include blood, bowel and various swabs.

The hospitals affected are King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, including the Royal Brompton and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. These hospital trusts are partners in Synnovis with SYNLAB UK & Ireland, Europe’s largest provider of testing services. GP services affected are in the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark and Lambeth. The critical incident has affected primary care and delayed operations on patients plus blood transfusions, with reported diversions of emergency patients, though reports are varying on the last.

According to the Synnovis statement, the incident has been reported to law enforcement and the Information Commissioner, and they are working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Cyber Operations Team. There is no information yet available attributing a ransomware organization.  Infosecurity-magazine.com, Sky News, BBC News

This is a developing story

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