Cyber crooks behind last week’s NHS attack have earned £55,000 from their worldwide hack, it has been reported.
The NHS was brought to its knees when computers were infected with ransomware which demands a payment to unlock victims’ systems.
IT systems at hospitals and surgeries across Lancashire are still understood to be affected, with reports of “vast numbers” of staff at the Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital not having access to a computer a week on.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals declined to confirm the reports and refused to say how many operations were cancelled and when a backlog will be cleared.
The latest announcement from the Trust is: “We have been working round the clock to resolve this issue and minimise impact on our services.”
Most planned proceedures are now going ahead as normal, but staff are still experiencing some problems with hospital imaging systems, so some appointments may still be affected
Individuals concerned will be contacted.