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Eurofins Forensic lab forced to stop testing

Conor Johnstone
27 June 2019

Eurofins Forensic lab forced to stop testing

 

Police have suspended work with the UK’s largest private forensic lab following a cyber-attack earlier this month.

 

Eurofins Forensic services, responsible for carrying out sample Toxicology analysis for police forces across the UK, suffered a ransomware attack on the 3rd June demanding payment in order to unlock access.

 

As a result, the National Police Chiefs Council (NCPP) took the decision to “temporarily suspend” all submissions to the firm that is currently responsible for testing over 50% of the UK market.

 

Although it is not known how many forensic samples have been compromised by the data breach, re-analysis is taking place to assure accuracy of sample testing.

 

The resulting burden of testing will be spread across other UK forensic firms placing undue pressure on already overstretched laboratories. With more serious crimes being given priority, chief constable James Vaughan says police are working to “minimise the impact on the criminal justice system”.

 

This attack further damages the reputation of an already fragile industry following last year’s Randox scandal and collapse of key forensic services.

 

This highlights the importance of independently verifying the integrity of blood results provided by the police to assure accuracy.

 

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