Sony hackers target NHS computers

Denis Campbell reports:

The NHS has been warned to beware of computer hackers after it was targeted by the same group that conducted cyber assaults on Sony and Nintendo.

Hospital trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) across England have been alerted to the security breach by Connecting for Health, the Department of Health’s IT branch, after one PCT was hacked.

The perpetrators were self-styled international “pirate-ninja” hackers LulzSec, who describe themselves as “the world’s leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense”. They gained attention recently when they penetrated the security of entertainment corporations.

No patient’s medical records were accessed during the incident, the department stressed. It described it as “a local issue” and “quite a low-level” lapse in IT security which only affected part of the website of an unnamed NHS organisation – one of England’s 150 or so PCTs.

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