The cyber attack against the University of Manchester at the beginning of June has led to concerns that NHS data could have also been compromised. The university holds information on 1.1 million patients from 200 hospitals, gathered for research purposes, and it is possible that some patients affected by the breach will be unaware their personal data was included in the database. The NHS has confirmed that the university’s backup servers were accessed, but it is not yet known which patients may have had their details hacked. The data set has since been closed, but the university has warned that there is potential for the data to be made available in the public domain.
The university confirmed that it is working with the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre, the National Crime Agency, along with other regulators.
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