• Russian cyber crooks are holding major hospitals to ransom after a hack attack on an NHS contractor.
  • Operations and tests had to be cancelled after Monday’s ransomware assault on private firm Synnovis, which runs some NHS pathology services. Ciaran Martin, former chief of the National Cyber Security Centre, said the hack has led to a “severe reduction in capacity” and is “very, very serious”.
  • He said it was the work of a group of Russian cyber criminals called Qilin, adding: “These criminal groups operate freely from within Russia. “They’ve got websites on the so-called dark web, and this particular group has about a two-year history of attacking various organisations across the world.
  • “They’ve done automotive companies, they’ve attacked the Big Issue here in the UK, they’ve attacked Australian courts. They’re looking for money.”

Source: mirror.co.uk