Saturday, November 22, 2008

UK: Computer Virus in Hospitals May Have Been Planted Deliberately

Andrew Alderson writes on The

Operations and blood testing have been postponed, and accident and emergency services have been disrupted after the computer service, used by up to 8,000 staff, had to be shut down.

One member of staff said it was feared that a computer expert, possibly a disgruntled former employer, had deliberately spread the virus. "This is a huge mess. It is a devastating incident – and probably a deliberate act," he said.

The three hospitals affected are St Bartholomew's Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the London Chest Hospital, as well as an administrative headquarters.

A spokesman for the Barts and The London NHS Trust said yesterday: "This was a major internal incident."

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