Cyber ​​attack paralyzes hospitals in London

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Major hospitals in London had to cancel emergency operations on Tuesday after a cyber attack on a service provider had a “major impact” on blood transfusions in particular, according to internal memoranda shared on social media.

The attack on pathology partner Synnovis affected King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the center of the British capital.

“I can confirm that our pathology partner Synnovis experienced a major IT incident earlier today, and it is ongoing,” Ian Abbs, chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, wrote in the memorandum. “This has a big impact on our service delivery. Blood transfusions are particularly affected by this. Some operations have already been canceled or referred to other service providers.”

According to the Health Services Journal (HSJ) the system was the victim of a spyware attack, according to senior sources.

One of the sources said it takes “weeks, not days” to access the pathology results.