London hospitals hit by computer virus

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Three hospitals in London are reported to be infected by a variant of the Mytob worm.

According to the BBC, St Bartholomew’s (also known as Barts) in the City, the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green have been forced to shut down their entire computer systems as a result of the infection.

A statement on the Barts website has attempted to reassure the public and patients that the attack was being dealt with and that no one was in any danger.

According to The Register, some doctors have resorted to using pen-and-paper backup systems.

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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.