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swiftQueue recently became aware of a cyber-attack with affected a small subset of administrative data sets, with the breach fixed within three hours,” said a spokesperson for the company

The supplier affected by the cyber attack said no medical records are stored on its servers

[London, UK] A recent cyber attack targeting an NHS supplier has seen more than 32,500 lines of administrative data of patients be unlawfully accessed.

First reported by The Sun last week, the swiftQueue data breach affected a subset of organisational information such as names and email addresses.

The supplier does not hold any medical information on its servers.

NHS Digital said 57 lines of data accessed included NHS numbers of patients, with a spokesperson adding: “We will continue to support SwiftQueue and the NHS as investigations continue.”

swifQueue, a software services company, has signed partnerships with eight NHS trusts to provide an online appointment booking system.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “swiftQueue recently became aware of a cyber attack which affected a small subset of administrative data sets, with the breach fixed within three hours.

“No medical records have been illegally accessed and swiftQueue has reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit who are investigating.”

An Information Commissioner’s Office spokesperson said they are looking into details of the incident.

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