High-profile London plastic surgery clinic hit by cyber attack
[London,UK] A high-profile London plastic surgery clinic has been left ‘horrified’ after discovering a cyber attack hit their servers last week, leading to an unknown amount of customer data being stolen.
The London Bridge plastic surgery clinic is currently working with the Metropolitan Police to establish what patient information has been compromised following the attack.
An official investigation has now been launched by the Met and the Information Commissioner’s Office is reportedly looking into the incident.
In a statement, a representative for the cosmetic clinic said measures were deployed to ‘block’ the attack straight away when it was discovered last week.
It is believed the group behind the cyber incident is highly sophisticated and known to international law enforcement agencies:
“Security and patient confidentiality has always been of the utmost importance to us. We invest in market-leading technology to keep our data secure and our systems are updated daily. We are deeply saddened that our security has been breached.
“We are profoundly sorry for any distress this data breach may cause our patients and our team are available around the clock to speak to anyone who has any concerns by calling 0203 858 0664,” the spokesperson added.
According to news site the Daily Beast, the group of hackers, known as The Dark Overlord, had previously targeted medical institutions, schools, and even a production studio with connections to Netflix.
The group contacted one of the Daily Beast reporters by using an official email address from the London clinic to prove they had access to their data, sending the team a series of identifiable photos of patients after their operations.