Cumbria health trust hit by 147 cyber attacks in five years

The NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in five years, the BBC can reveal.

Of these, 147 were directed at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe and Lancaster.

The trust said it had spent £29,600 in 2017 dealing with the effects of cyber attacks.

The “vast majority” were “untargeted and unsuccessful”, it said.

Lee Coward, the trust’s head of information technology, said its “very rigorous reporting” process mean it was possible it had reported “higher volumes of identified cyber ‘attacks’ than other organisations”.

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Source: BBC News