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NHS Test and Trace 'unaffected' by cyber attack at Serco

Alexander Martin Technology reporter @AlexMartin

NHS Test and Trace, headed up by Baroness Dido Harding, has faced regular criticism during the pandemic.

Serco, the outsourcing giant behind NHS Test and Trace, has confirmed that it was hit by a cyber attack - but told Sky News its oft-criticised scheme had not been impacted.

The company won several coronavirus-related contracts, including NHS Test and Trace, via a procurement system that came under fire from the public spending watchdog over concerns it lacked a competitive process.

Since then, the scheme - headed up by Baroness Dido Harding - has been regularly criticised over perceived failings to provide quick COVID-19 test results and trace contacts who need to self-isolate.

Sky News can reveal Serco was targeted by criminals operating the so-called Babuk ransomware, which encrypts a victim's networks after the hackers have stolen data.

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