The NHS health board confirms a ransomware intrusion.

The NHS health board confirms a ransomware intrusion.

The Dumfries and Galloway health board of NHS Scotland has confirmed that it was the target of the INC Ransom gang’s threats to release terabytes of patient data.

The southern Scottish region’s NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed that it obtained clinical data from INC Ransom’s dark web journal through an intrusion on the board’s IT systems.

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The statement from the board reads, “This follows a recent focused cyberattack on the board’s IT systems, during which hackers gained access to a significant amount of data, including staff and patient-identifiable information.”

INC Ransom’s earlier-than-expected claim that it had compromised three terabytes of NHS Scotland’s data was, to some extent, an exaggeration of the attack’s scope. NHS Dumfries and Galloway is one of fourteen boards operating under the auspices of NHS Scotland.

“We vehemently condemn the disclosure of sensitive patient information in connection with this illicit activity. According to Jeff Ace, the chief executive officer of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, hackers leaked this information as proof that they possess it.

The head of the board asserts that communication will be extended to all patients whose information was compromised and further states that the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre were duly informed of the occurrence.

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In Scotland, NHS Dumfries and Galloway manages twelve institutions that provide care to an estimated 150,000 individuals. The board provides services to one of the fourteen regions comprising NHS Scotland, which is a publicly funded healthcare system, and one of the four systems comprising the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

The inception of INC Ransom occurred in July 2023. Cybernews developed Ransomlooker, a ransomware monitoring tool, which reports that at least 65 organizations have fallen victim to INC Ransom in the past year.


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