Hospital networks back on the mend

Graham Cluley

The London hospitals struck by a infection of the Mytob worm earlier this week are returning to normal operation, according to The Register.

St Bartholomew’s (Barts) in the City, the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green had their networks shut down at the beginning of the week, following an outbreak of the computer worm which is capable of stealing information, and giving access to remote hackers.

The case reminds me a little of what happened to the Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in north Seattle in January 2005. When it found 150 of its 1100 computers were infected with a piece of malware, they also put emergency backup measures in place. The facility’s intensive care unit was shut down, doctors’ pagers…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.