Spy agency GCHQ tweet a poem as NHS is paralysed

Mark Fitt

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Bad timing?

Britain’s spy agency, GCHQ posted a poem to their 50,000 followers about keeping Britain safe as a cyber-attack is paralysing the NHS.

At 3:23 Firday GCHQ posted this poem in a tweet: “We’re an intelligence agency known as GCHQ.”

“Carrying on our mission from Bletchley in World War 2.

“Based in Cheltenham, Manchester, Scarborough and Bude.

“We work against cyber threats, terrorist and those up to no good.

“Because keeping Britain safe is what we do.”

It’s a good job we’re better at keeping Britain safe than writing limericks… #NationalLimerickDaypic.twitter.com/KZYURft1EP

— GCHQ (@GCHQ) May 12, 2017

Minutes later National Cyber Security Centre tweeted “We are aware of cyber incident and we are working with @NHSDigitaland the @NCA_UK to investigate.” To which GCHQ retweeted.

We are aware of cyber incident and we are working with @NHSDigital and the @NCA_UK to investigate

— NCSC UK (@ncsc) May 12, 2017

GCHQ then sent out another tweet saying: “It’s a good job we’re better at keeping Britain safe than writing limericks… “

A spokesperson for GCHQ declined to comment.

People took to twitter posting their response to GCHQ’s extremely bad timing of their tweet and the unprecedented cyber-attack that has crippled the NHS.

@GCHQ It seems you are actually better at limericks.

— ter gallagher (@terragher) May 12, 2017

 

@GCHQ Shouldn’t you be protecting the #NHSfrom #CyberAttack?

— Fred’s Random Rants (@FredBeanCounter) May 12, 2017

 

 

@GCHQ And this is the reason you don’t preschedule tweets…

— Béné Earl (@BeneEarl) May 12, 2017

 

@GCHQ Its #NationalLimerickDayand the boss is obviously away pic.twitter.com/hDrSgu7fFy

— Gareth Evans (@gareth0108) May 12, 2017

People are clearly bemused.

@GCHQ as the NHS in England suffers a huge cyber attack, its clear this tweet has aged well in the last 11 minutes.

— Alex Bailey (@alexiproduce) May 12, 2017

@GCHQ Well we now know what you were playing at when the NHS was attacked. Top comic timing award.

— Timothy Sherratt (@tasherratt) May 12, 2017

 

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