The National Health Service in the UK has been hit by a virus designed to steal data from the computers. However, the worm is easily detected by off-the-shelf security software, according to researchers at Symantec.
“The logs show that there is a significant Qakbot infection on the National Health Service (NHS) network in the UK,” a Symantec update states. “This threat has managed to infect over 1,100 separate computers that are spread across multiple subnets within the NHS. We have attempted to contact the affected parties and have no evidence to show that any customer or patient data has been stolen.”
The virus operates by spreading through infected websites that install viruses on user computers when they visit the websites. The virus is able to steal all the information logged into a user’s computer.
“In a nutshell, if your computer is compromised, every bit of information you type into your browser will be stolen,” Symantec researchers wrote.