Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, had said an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomeware attacks in an article on the vulnerability of the NHS network in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, two days before the major cyber hack of the National Health Service (NHS) system on Friday.
“Fortunately, the hospitals daily data backup had just been completed. The IT director admitted that they were very lucky, saying, Timing absolutely was everything for us,” Chinthapalli wrote.
“We should be prepared: more hospitals will almost certainly be shut down by ransomware this year,” he wrote.
The revelation came as UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed today that as many as 48 NHS trusts had been affected by the large-scale cyber-hack by an international criminal gang wreaked havoc around the country.
After chairing an emergency meeting of the COBRA committee, Rudd said that all but 6 trusts were now back to normal.
The Opposition Liberal Democrat and Labour parties have both demanded an inquiry into the cyber-attack.
Patients of the state-funded country-wide service are still facing days of chaos as appointments and surgeries were cancelled after NHS organisations from London to Scotland were hit in the “ransomware” attack yesterday.
NHS Digital said the impact of the cyberattack could continue.
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