World-leading Papworth Hospital has escaped a full-on zero-day crypto ransomware attack thanks to the "very, very lucky" timing of its daily backup.
It's believed that an on-duty nurse at the heart and lung hospital in Cambridgeshire, UK, unwittingly clicked on something in an infected email, activating the attack at about 11pm on a Saturday night a few months back.
But the malware did not start encrypting files until after midnight – just after the daily backup had completed, ICT director Jane Berezynskyj has said.
The NHS foundation trust had made recovery plans and recruited experienced staff following earlier attacks, but Berezynskyj said: "We were also very, very lucky. Timing absolutely was everything for us."
DeepMind, an AI research lab acquired by Google for £400 million in 2014, has provided an update on how its DeepMind Health unit is doing. The London-based company told Business Insider on Tuesday that it has doubled the size of its team from 20 to 40 since launching in February this year, hiring several big names in the AI world along the way.
New hires include security and privacy expert Ben Laurie, who is the founding director of the Apache Software Foundation, a director at the Open Rights Group, and a veteran Google software engineer, and former CIO Tony Corkett, who helped the NHS to digitise X-rays.
Former Google Maps team leader Andrew Eland has been brought in to head up DeepMind Health's engineering efforts, while Will Cavendish, a former civil servant that worked on NHS online booking and prescription services, has joined as strategy lead. Elsewhere, ex-GE Healthcare executive Cathy Harris has been appointed as DeepMind Health's product lead.
...but won’t pay attackers.
Ever since the development of the internet, ransomware has always been one of the pain points of computer networking and particularly over the last decade. Ransomware refers to a type of computer malware which executes cryptovirology attacks after it covertly installs on a computer.
Once the computer is infected, payment is demanded to correct the problem.
However, ransomware attacks have recently started to attract the attention of mainstream media. The main reason for this is that the attacks seem to be focused on hospitals, clinics, and several other healthcare facilities. The trend started off in the United States but has since moved on to the UK. Over the last 12 months, a large number of healthcare facilities have had their access to important data compromised, and this is a cause for concern for many people.
NHS England and NHS Improvement set out next steps to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View in 2017/18 and 2018/19
National NHS leaders have set out steps to strengthen collaboration across the NHS and ensure that local health and care areas are successful in delivering their blueprints for the future. Published by NHS England and NHS Improvement, Delivering the Forward View: NHS Operational Planning Guidance for 2017/18 and 2018/19 provides NHS trusts and commissioners with tools they need to plan for the years ahead.
For the first time, the guidance covers two financial years, to provide greater stability, underpinned by a two-year tariff for NHS patients and a two-year NHS Standard Contract.
Jeremy Corbyn has promised to "remove" private provision within the NHS as part of plans to "renationalise" the health service. The Labour leader vowed to make the NHS fully publicly funded and bring services provided privately "back into public hands". A future Labour government would end PFI contracts in the NHS and restore publicly-funded bursaries for nurses.
Leadership challenger Owen Smith plans to boost NHS spending by 4% a year. Setting out his vision for the NHS in England, Mr Corbyn said his priority was to ensure the whole of the health service remains free at the point of use and can operate on a secure financial footing. "The Tories have run our treasured National Health Service into the ground and we need to get serious about stopping them," he said. "The next Labour government would go further than reversing Tory cuts - it would deliver a modern health and social care service that is fully publicly provided and fully publicly funded."