Thursday, 20 November 2008

Hospitals hit by virus of the computer variety

Jo Best of has reported that the computer system serving a group of hospitals in London has acquired a virus. Details are sketchy, but it appears that the net effect of the (unidentified) virus has been to clog the system rendering it unusable, rather than corrupting clinical records.

It is depressing that, when we are all more aware of the prevalence and dangers of viral attacks, what could be critical IT systems are still not secure against them.

1 comment:

Frank H Little said...

The virus has been identified as Mytob, ranked as of low risk. The hospital authorities have not traced the source of the infection, and its clear-up is likely to take a few more days.