NHS Dealing With IT Outages Due to Cyber Incident

The outage stems from a cyberattack on third-party vendor Birmingham-based technology provider Advanced’s Adastra system, which supplies digital services for urgent healthcare services number 111. A company executive acknowledged the attack in an interview with the BBC. “We can confirm that the incident is related to a cyberattack and as a precaution, we immediately isolated all our health and care environments,” says Simon Short, company chief operating officer. A spokesperson for the National Health Service told U.K. online magazine PulseToday that the service is working with Adastra to resolve the problem and that “tried and tested contingency plans are in place for local areas who use this service.” The U.K.’s national number for emergency services, 999, appears unaffected by the cyberattack. 

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