Feeds

Computer virus quarantines London Hospital for second day

Plucky Brits shrug off Mytob network blitz

Security for virtualized datacentres

IT staff at three major London hospitals have spent a second day struggling to restore IT systems following a major computer virus outbreak.

Computer systems at the St Bartholomew's (Barts) the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green were taken down on Tuesday in response to an infection reportedly caused by the Mytob worm. The three hospitals form the Barts and the London NHS Trust.

A spokesman explained that a serious computer virus infection was detected on Monday. IT support staff thought they had the infection under control on Monday night, but systems crashed when staff logged in on Tuesday, prompting a decision to kick off established emergency procedures that involved shutting down the computer network at the hospital.

Mytob contains backdoor functionality but there's no evidence that systems containing patient records have been affected. Likewise there's no evidence of the malware spreading to other NHS Trusts or other connected organisations.

Trust staff are proceeding on the assumption that the hospital was not targeted by hackers. "There is no indication that this was a malicious attack," a spokesman said.

An updated statement on the Trust's website, published on Tuesday evening, says that medical work at the hospital is proceeding, with only minor interruptions.

Doctors and nurses have had to go back to pen and paper backup systems in some cases. Theatres and outpatients remained up and running throughout the incident, with accident and emergency departments at the hospital accepting ambulances again after temporarily only dealing with walk-in patients on Tuesday morning. Lab testing and imaging was available throughout the incident.

"By using back-up systems, manual procedures and working flexibly, we have continued to provide high quality care to our patients," said chief executive Julian Nettel in an updated statement, issued on Wednesday afternoon.

Patients with concerns about their appointment should contact the Trust on 0207 943 1335. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code
It's been fixed, but hordes won't have applied the upgrade
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.