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By Fiona Reid
Stay on your cyber guard warn NHS bosses

EVERYONE is being urged to remain on their guard following a criminal cyber attack on NHS Dumfries and Galloway – almost two weeks on from the publication of stolen data.

Chief executive Julie White this week said: “We all must remain highly vigilant in the wake of what was a targeted and sustained cyber attack, and we are aware there is a risk of publication of further data.

“Everyone is advised to be alert for any attempts to access their data, or for approaches by anyone claiming to be in possession of either their personal data or NHS data – whether this approach comes by email, telephone, social media or some other means.

“In all instances, people are advised to take down details about the approach and contact Police Scotland by phoning 101.”

Mrs White added: “We are aware that the information held by the cyber criminals could include confidential, clinical patient information, and are advising people across our communities to be on their guard.

“We are also asking our staff to be aware of the range of data relating to individual staff members which is stored in different areas of our systems.

“Recognising that this is a live criminal matter, we continue to follow the very clear guidance being provided to us by national law enforcement agencies.”

Meanwhile, South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “It’s been a few weeks now since the cyber attack and I know many people remain very worried about the possibility of their clinical data potentially being leaked, given the threats being made against the NHS by those responsible.

“I would reiterate what the NHS has said in their statement and urge everyone to be very cautious if they are approached by any method by someone claiming to have their personal data.

“It’s been weeks since we first heard about this attack and while I appreciate that the NHS is limited in what they can say, I would urge them to continue to be as transparent as possible with members of the public – in particular should there be any further leaks by those who have stolen the data.

“I’ve heard from a lot of very worried constituents and this latest statement will continue to fuel their concerns.”

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