May 12, 2017 / 5:32 PM / 2 months ago

UK health minister being briefed on cyber attack, PM also aware: spokesman

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Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain in this file photo dated May 7, 2017. Jeff Overs/BBC handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British health minister Jeremy Hunt was being briefed by cyber security officials and Prime Minister Theresa May was being kept informed, a spokesman for May's office said after a nationwide cyber attack crippled some health service computer systems.

"Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt is being briefed by the National Cyber Security Centre and the prime minister is being kept briefed on the whole situation as well," the spokesman said.

Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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