The UK’s National Crime Agency is investigating a cyberattack that affected some systems used by the National Health Service.
Advanced, a software company providing services to the NHS, said it identified “a security issue” on Thursday.
“The NCA is aware of a cyber incident affecting the Advanced Company and is working with partners to better understand its impact,” a National Crime Agency spokesperson told POLITICO in an emailed statement on Saturday.
“We can confirm that the incident is related to a cyberattack and as a precaution, we immediately isolated all of our health and care environments,” said director of forward operations Simon Short, adding that the problem had been limited “to a small number of servers”. .”
The attack affected the NHS 111 service, including systems used to dispatch ambulances and for emergency prescriptions, according to the BBC.
In 2017, the NHS was among the victims of a global cyberattack.