Patients are being put at risk because most NHS trusts are using an obsolete IT operating system that no longer receives security updates, researchers have warned. The trusts’ use of the old Windows XP system could enable hackers to steal patient data or take control of hospital infrastructure. Criminals have already used cyberattacks to hold hospitals to ransom and an NHS trust in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire said this week that an attack in October led to the cancellation of more than 2,800 patient appointments, including operations. Citrix, the software company, made freedom of information (FoI) requests to 63 NHS trusts, with 42 responding and 38 confirming that they still used XP.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Times