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NHS Computers Hit with Malware Infection

DATA LOSS—UK

April 26, 2010

A number of National Health Service (NHS) computers have been hit with data-stealing malware, NetworkWorld reports. The computers were infected by Qakbot, a malicious software capable of stealing credit card information, passwords, Internet search histories and other data, the report states. However, according to the security company that discovered the breach, it does not appear patient information has been stolen. In an e-mailed statement, an NHS spokesman said, "This hasn't been raised with us as an issue within the NHS. The NHS requires its organizations to reach high standards of virus protection. We will investigate any incidents brought to our attention."
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