Synnovis cyber attack: NHS patient data leaked, services impacted

On June 3, Synnovis, a pathology laboratory serving several NHS organisations in South East London, was targeted by a ransomware attack.

This cyber incident has disrupted vital blood testing services, crucial for a range of medical treatments, and raised significant concerns over data security.

NHS England confirmed that a cybercriminal group, Qilin, published data online, claiming it was stolen from Synnovis.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are currently working to authenticate the data and understand its contents.

A helpline has been established to address patient concerns, and NHS England urges patients to attend their appointments unless otherwise directed.

The attack has rendered some of the NHS’s blood testing systems inoperable, causing substantial disruption to medical services in South East London.