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NHS systems returning to normal after cyber attack

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NHS computer systems are returning to normal after the ransomware cyber attack, health secretary Shona Robison has said.

There is no evidence that patient data has been compromised in the hack which affected around 1% of computers in the NHS in Scotland, the Scottish Government said.

Eleven health boards as well as NHS National Services and the Scottish Ambulance Service were affected in the unprecedented cyber attack which hit scores of countries on Friday.

It impacted on acute hospital sites in Lanarkshire, as well as GP surgeries, dental practices and other primary care centres around the country.

The Scottish Government's resilience operation met on Monday to discuss the situation and heard that health boards put extra teams in place to support staff returning to work after the weekend.

Meanwhile, Irish hospitals suspected of being hit by the international cyber attack had been targeted by a different, older virus, health chiefs have revealed. About 52,000 PCs and 2,350 servers in Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) have had anti-virus software deployed as IT experts moved to counteract the threat of the global "ransomware".

After concerns were reported about three hospitals, cyber security analysts said an older virus had been found.

The situation in Ireland is being monitored by the National Cyber Security Centre in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

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