[ISN] London Hospital back online after computer virus shutdown

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 02:20:31 -0600 (CST)

By John Leyden
The Register
21st November 2008 

Computer systems at three major London hospitals are largely back online 
on Friday morning, three days after a major computer virus outbreak 
forced staff to disconnect the network.

IT systems at St Bartholomew's (Barts), the Royal London Hospital in 
Whitechapel and the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green were taken 
down on Tuesday following infection by the Mytob worm. The three 
hospitals make up the Barts and the London NHS Trust.

A spokesman for the Trust explained that email and internet access had 
been restored "across key areas", while the Trust continues to roll out 
its recovery plan, gradually restoring computer access to wards and 
departments. "Progress is being made and we expect systems to be fully 
restored in a matter of days," he said.

A serious computer virus infection at the Trust - later identified as 
caused by the Mytob worm - was first detected on Monday. IT support 
staff thought they had the malware under control but systems crashed 
when hospital staff logged onto systems on Tuesday, prompting managers 
to launch an established disaster recovery plan. External consultants 
have been drafted in to get systems restored.


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