• Healthcare Held Hostage
  • January 27, 2017 | Author: Laura E. Jehl
  • Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Washington Office
  • It’s happened again. On November 2, an unspecified “major” cyberincident forced three National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the UK to shut down all planned operations and divert critically ill patients to other facilities for three days until their electronic systems could be restored. The shutdown affected 3,300 patients and came just as the UK detailed a national cyberstrategy designed to shore up security in critical national infrastructure such as hospitals. In response, the NHS placed all hospitals across the UK on high alert and suggested that Russia may have been behind the disruption.