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On Thursday, United Kingdom's National Health Service 111 service was attacked and briefly disrupted. The attack targeted the system that refers patients for care, dispatches ambulances, books appointments out of hours and handles emergency prescriptions, according to a company that provides digital services for NHS 111.

The attack hit the systems of British managed service provider (MSP) Advanced. Advanced's Adastra client patient management solution is used by 85% of NHS 111 services. The company said the attack was contained to a small number of servers.

In other news, a former British Health Advisor has been prosecuted by the ICO for obtaining the personal data of service users, namely patients of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. The Health Advisor appeared before Coventry Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to 6 counts of unlawfully obtaining personal data, in breach of s170 of the Data Protection Act 2018, and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to each data subject, totalling £3,000.

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