Ransomware Attack Hits UK Fertility Clinic

Ransomware Attack Hits UK Fertility Clinic

Data from a private fertility clinic has been put at risk following a ransomware attack that hit a document management firm.

The Lister Fertility Clinic said that Stor-a-file Limited, which the clinic uses for scanning medical records, had been “hacked” by a “cyber-gang” in a letter that it sent to its 1700 patients.

The document management firm revealed that 13 organizations had been impacted, with six being healthcare-related.

While it had informed the police and the Information Commissioner’s Office, Store-a-file Limited said that the possibility hackers accessed medical information “cannot be ruled out.”

“From our investigations, the incident is limited to the small number of records we hold electronically,” it said.

In a letter that The Lister Fertility Clinic sent to its 1700 patients, it said that patient medical records were on the Stor-a-file IT system affected by the attack. The medical records included consent forms, medical history and test results, treatment recommendations and fertility treatment records. Credit or debit card details were not included. 

“We were advised by Stor-a-file that the cyber-gang that accessed their systems made a ransom demand which was not paid, and that the

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