NHS Dumfries and Galloway provides cyberattack update

10/05/2024 | NHS Dumfries and Galloway

In an update on its website, NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirmed that the ransomware group Inc Ransom released approximately three terabytes of stolen patient data on the dark web. Julie White, the chief executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, expressed deep concern, calling the incident an "utterly abhorrent criminal act by cyber criminals who had threatened to release more data." 

Although the data accessed did not include primary healthcare records, it contained "millions of very small, separate pieces of data," including individual letters from one consultant to a patient, letters from one consultant to another, test results and x-rays.

White also mentioned that the health board has not yet reached out to the affected individuals, citing the enormous challenge of identifying and assembling the data of identifiable individuals from the vast amount that was taken

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