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Fears over patient data as NHS computers are hacked into by 'pirate ninjas'

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Fears over patient data as NHS computers are hacked into by 'pirate ninjas'

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="Daily Mail"]
Fears over patient data as NHS computers are hacked into by 'pirate ninjas'

  • Gang are part of Lulz Security, which recently hacked into Sony

  • No patient information at risk, says Department of Health


Computer hackers have penetrated NHS systems, triggering fears that the security of highly sensitive patient records is at risk.
The hackers are part of the same online gang that recently hacked into electronics giant Sony, accessing the images of a million users. 
The self-styled 'pirate ninjas', known as Lulz Security, sent a warning to the NHS that its computer networks were vulnerable to cyber attack.
In an email to health staff, hackers gave evidence of some of the passwords, saying: 'While you aren't considered an enemy - your work is of course brilliant - we did stumble upon several of your admin passwords.'
The hackers added: 'We mean you no harm and only want to help you fix your tech issues.'
Their warning was relayed on Twitter - but with sensitive passwords blacked out.
Health officials have played down the security lapse, insisting it affected only local systems and that no patient records were accessed.
But they immediately issued emergency instructions to NHS systems administrators on how to protect IT systems.
Politicians and campaigners warned that the security breach showed how vulnerable the NHS was to data leaks.
Government plans to put all patients into a centralised database have already been condemned by the National Audit Office.
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