147 cyber attacks in five years in Cumbria

The BBC has revealed that the NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in the last five years, with 147 directed at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

The trust, which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe and Lancaster, said it had spent £29,600 in 2017 dealing with the effects of cyber attacks - the vast majority were ‘untargeted and unsuccessful’.

The BBC’s freedom of information request found that the rest of the county's councils and NHS trusts were targeted 14 times in total between 2014 and 2018.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s IT department has claimed that its ‘very rigorous reporting’ process could mean that it was reporting ‘higher volumes of identified cyber 'attacks' than other organisations’.

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