East Londoners nicked under Computer Misuse Act after NHS vaccine passport app sprouted clump of fake entries

British police have made a series of arrests over the past few months after people with apparent access to NHS databases allegedly sold fake vaccination status entries on the NHS vaccine passport app.

This week the Metropolitan Police’s Cyber Crime Unit declared it had arrested three men after an unidentified NHS trust “noticed a suspicious pattern on some online vaccination records” according to Essex newspaper the Yellow Advertiser.

Two men, aged 23 and 27 and said to be from Ilford in east London, were arrested on suspicion of committing Computer Misuse Act offences. A third man, also from Ilford, was similarly arrested as part of a separate, unconnected investigation. Police raided houses and seized various electronic devices, the force said in a statement sent to The Reg.

Detective Superintendent Helen Rance said: The staff at both trusts did the right thing and reported their concerns, which has allowed us to fully investigate the circumstances. I want to reassure the public that no systems were hacked into from outside of the NHS networks and the integrity of the NHS systems remains robust.

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