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Hospitals in London have reportedly been affected by a cyber-attack on the NHS in England.

NHS England has confirmed the health service has been targeted affecting hospitals across the UK.

According to the BBC, Trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have been affected.

The so-called "ransomware" attack is reportedly demanding $300 in electronic currency to free files from encryption.

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You can read a full report of how today’s cyber attack affected hospital trusts in the west London area here.

Prime Minister says NHS IT meltdown part of international cyber attack

Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken about the NHS cyber attack, revealing it is just part of an international situation, Mirror Online reports.

Mrs May said: “We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack.

“This is not targeted at the NHS, it’s an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected.

“The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is working closely with NHS Digital to ensure that they support the organisations concerned and that they protect patient safety. We are not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromised.

“Of course it is important that we have set up the NCSC and they are able to work with the NHS organisations concerned and to ensure that they are supported and patient safety is protected.”

NHS declares 'major incident' as up to 40 NHS trusts attacked

NHS England has declared a ‘major incident’ in the wake of today’s cyber attack, Mirror Online reports.

There are reports that as many as 40 trusts have been affected by the attack, across the country.

A statement released by the NHS tonight acknowledged the attack on at least 16 trusts and pointed to a particular virus called Wanna Decryptor.

It added: “At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. We will work with affected organisations to confirm this.”

Wanna Decryptor appeared in February and works by encrypting files on target computers before demanding a ransom be paid in the web currency Bitcoins.

NHS IT security chief predicted cyber attack months ago

The man responsible for IT security in the NHS warned earlier this year that cyber attacks “have and will affect patient care”, Mirror Online reports.
Writing in National Health Executive magazine in February, NHS Digital’s head of security Dan Taylor said: “The NHS is moving quickly to realise the fight to protect our critical information assets and systems starts on the frontline with our people, then our processes, backed up by technology.
“I’ll say this upfront: cyber-attacks have and will affect patient care.
“It is no longer just about our email or our IT but the digital transformation, which means delivery of care is underpinned by working software.”

Shocked worker describes how computers were 'wiped out, one by one'

A shocked worker at Colchester General Hospital described how her office’s computers were “wiped out, one by one”, reports Mirror Online.

She said her computer locked at about 3pm and she couldn’t get anything to work, before her colleague said her system was also down.

The member of staff said: “It swept through the office and everyone was effected and didn’t know what was going on. One by one the computers were wiped out.

“Nothing was working and switching them off and on did not solve the problems.

“Some of our colleagues from a neighbouring department came in and they’d been told to unplug their internet cables and await further instruction.

“All the doctors’ notes are kept on the computers now.

“They record their notes to a dictaphone during a consultation but that’s only so the the notes can be typed up and stored on the computer.

“It’s very worrying that the impact has been so far-reaching in such a short space of time.”

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust having 'major network issue'

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust said it is having “major network issue”.

It confirmed it is related to the cyber-attack currently affecting the NHS in England.

It runs two hospital, one in Chelsea and another in Sutton.

Screenshot of cyber-threat

A screenshot of the cyber-attack currently targeting the NHS
A screenshot of the cyber-attack currently targeting the NHS (Image: Twitter: @fendifille)

NHS staff being told to unplug computers

Reports have said that NHS staff are being told to unplug their computers amid the chaos this afternoon.

Some members of staff have reportedly left work early after the cyber attack today.

GCHQ working with NHS and NCA to investigate

The GCHQ has tweeted that it is aware of a cyber attack.

They are working with NHS Digital and the National Crime Agency to investigate.

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust 'not affected'

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust confirm they are not affected.

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

A spokesman for London North West Healthcare NHS Trust said it has not been affected by the cyber attack.

The spokesman added it is closely monitoring its systems.

Barts Health NHS Trust 'activate major incident plan'

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust said it was experiencing “major IT disruption”.

He added it is causing delays at its hospitals, The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham.

The spokesman added: “We have activated our major incident plan to make sure we can maintain the safety and welfare of patients.

“We are very sorry that we have to cancel routine appointments, and would ask members of the public to use other NHS services wherever possible. “Ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals.”