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Hertfordshire Police confirm they are 'monitoring' cyber attack situation at hospitals.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police has confirmed it has been made aware of "an incident involving hospitals in Hertfordshire".

"We are monitoring the situation and will work with the hospital trust(s) to assist where required.

"It is too early to comment on specific details of what has happened at this stage however any possible criminal activity will be investigated."

– Hertfordshire Police.

Hertfordshire hospital trust thought to be target of NHS cyber attack

The NHS is investigating an Credit: Press Association Images.

Lister Hospital is thought to have been affected by a major cyber attack on the NHS.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is believed to be among a number of hospital trusts and GP groups around England that have reported problems.

The suspected attack is thought to have affected phone lines with some sites urging people not to go to A&E while they try to deal with the issue.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia.


Cambridge engineer still in the race for space

Dr Jenni Sidey still in the hunt for space role

An engineer from Cambridge has made it through to the next stage of a competition to find two new astronauts for the Canadian Space Agency.

Last year 3,772 applications were received by the Canadian Space Agency after its announcement that it would add two new astronauts to its roster.

Dr Jenni Sidey has made the shortlist following a rigorous selection process which lasts almost a year and involves several interviews, written exams and a range of physical and mental fitness tests.

The University of Cambridge and the Institute of Engineering and Technology congratulated her.

Majority of cyber harrassment victims don't report the crime to cops

91% of victims of cyber harrassment don't report the crime to the police according to research from the University of Bedfordshire.

Researchers from the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research based at the University and Bedfordshire Police are collaborating on a two year project to transform how cyberharassment is investigated and how cases which are reported to the Police are appropriately dealt with.

Initial research has also revealed that victims often don't realise they have been the target of a crime.

"The initial work we have done with focus groups supports those figures with many victims not recognising they were subjects of a crime, even when they had to cope with long term abuse and threats.

Often these threats create fear and distress for the victim with significant disruption to their lives but they don't report it as a crime until the threats are made in person. We then found their experience of reporting a crime and its outcome varied considerably dependant on the experience the police officer had in dealing with cyberharassment."

– Dr Emma Short, Director, National Centre for Cyberstalking Research


Fijitsu workers in Stevenage to stage fresh wave of strikes

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over jobs and pension cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu's Stevenage factory are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in their long long-running dispute over jobs and pension cuts.

Members of Unite will walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April, and for 48 hours on 20 April.

Fujitsu workers will walk out for a number of days in April. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:

  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bracknell
  • Crewe
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington
The Fujitsu factory in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.

"The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.

"This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite's attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies."

– Unite national officer Ian Tonks, Unite national officer

New airbags for world's largest aircraft hope to prevent crash landings

They are either side of the flight deck over 3 metres in length and contain 15 m³ gas. Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles.

The world’s largest aircraft has been given a set of inflatable ‘feet’ to help prevent damage to the vehicle and injury to those onboard in case of a hard landing.

It was grounded in August 2016, when its mooring line snagged on power lines at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, causing it to come down at a hard angle.

Now the airbags – officially known as an Auxillary Landing System – have been added it allows the pilot to deploy them, meaning it can can land at a greater variety of angles.

The Airlander crash landed at Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Credit: Lee Cornell.

They have also added a ‘Mobile Mooring Mast’ (MMM) which makes it much easier to control and ”push back” the Airlander when maneuvering it around an airfield.

Both of these enhancements are great engineering innovations, and show the creativity and ingenuity of the team working on Airlander to great effect.

We look forward to using them for real very soon.

– Steve McGlennan, CEO Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd
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