May 12, 2017 / 6:54 PM / 3 months ago

May says British hospitals not deliberately targeted in cyber attack

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at a campaign event in North Tyneside, Britain May 12, 2017.Scott Heppell

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said that British hospitals had not been deliberately targeted in a cyber attack on Friday that had encompassed a number of different countries.

"This was not targeted at the NHS, it's an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected," May said.

"We're aware that a number of NHS (National Health Service) organisations have reported that they've suffered from a ransomware attack," May said. "We're not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromised."

Reporting by William James, writing by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Michael Holden

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