In a scary reminder of how dangerous a computer virus can be, three hospitals in the UK were forced to postpone all non-emergency surgeries and cancel all patient appointments.
A computer virus got into their systems and the NHS decided to shut down the majority of the computer networks for the affected hospitals to get the problem under control.
Patients who logged onto the hospitals’ websites saw this scary warning that informed patients that many procedures would be canceled.
In addition, serious trauma cases and high-risk pregnancies would be diverted to other hospitals, presumably because some of the high-tech equipment required to treat such cases is offline due to the network shutdown.
A spokesman for the hospital told the BBC that they are also unable to process blood tests and access medical records and that it’s affecting the availability for blood for transfusions.
This is certainly not the first time hackers have used malware to shut down a hospital. We told you a few months ago about a California hospital that was forced to pay hackers who paralyzed their systems with ransomware.
Generally, viruses and malware get into hospital systems when someone clicks on a bad link or opens an email containing a malicious attachment.