‘North Korea’ behind cyber attacks on NHS trusts in Hampshire

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NORTH Korea was behind a cyber attack that hit NHS trusts – including two in the area.

The WannaCry attack on May 12 crippled NHS trusts in an attack security minister Ben Wallace said was carried out by North Korea.

Mr Wallace said: ‘This attack, we believe quite strongly that it came from a foreign state.

‘North Korea was the state that we believe was involved this worldwide attack.’

Solent NHS Trust previously confirmed that 12 of its computers were infected by the ransomware.

None of trust’s files were locked in the attack and no demands were made.

It had updated its systems in advance of the attack, helping to stop the spread of the ransomware.

At other trusts the attack locked up files and demanded a payment of around £230.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust was also hit, a National Audit Office report found.

NHS England said 6,912 appointments were cancelled due to the ransomware.

NHS Digital had inspected 88 out of 236 trusts by May 12and none had passed a cyber-security test, the report published today said. Solent NHS Trust was not one of these.