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Beware: Worldwide Ransomware Attack May Be Far from Over

19 May, 2017, 11:20 | Author: Nadine Todd

She said there was no evidence that patient data has been compromised in the hack which affected around 1% of computers in the NHS in Scotland.

A spokesman for the Southend and Castle Point Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "NHS Southend CCG and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG have been working together, along with partners across the local health system, to manage the risks to NHS systems caused by Friday's cyber-attack".

Staff said the failure of a flagship plan to make the NHS paperless had "saved" the hospital from an even greater crisis.

The culprits used a digital code believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency, according to researchers at the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab. It's not hard to understand that a cyber attack on a hospital could not only prevent meaningful care on ailing patients, but could actively kill someone in need of help.

The country's banking system was also attacked, although no problems were detected, as was the railway system.

In what one of the most significant cyberattacks ever recorded, computer systems from the U.K.to Russia, Brazil and the USA were hit beginning Friday by malicious software that exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The number of infections has fallen dramatically since Friday's peak when more than 9,000 computers were being hit per hour.

Professor Clark said more information on protecting your computer was available via the IT security company Sophos and the National Cyber Security Centre, among other sources.

Computers booting up to start the workweek might continue the spread of "WannaCry", a ransomware attack where hackers lock down a computer and threaten to delete all its data unless a ransom is paid.

WannaCry is a type of trojan virus called ransomware.

But with their eyes on the June 8 general election, Britain's opposition parties accused Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government of failing to ensure the NHS is properly protected. The malicious software was transmitted via email and stolen from the National Security Agency, reports the New York Times.

But on Tuesday afternoon the trust confirmed the services would return to normal tomorrow morning. Security firms say Russian Federation was the country that was hit the hardest.

Qihoo had previously said the attack had infected close to 30,000 organisations by Saturday evening, more than 4,000 of which were educational institutions.

Technology powerhouse Microsoft have also responded by re-releasing security updates for older versions of their Windows software in order to mitigate further outbreaks.

"But our immediate priority as a government is to disrupt the attack, restore affected services as soon as possible, and establish who was behind it so we can bring them to justice".

Greyfriars Practice manager Karen Young told The Standard they had still had no computers.

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