A&Es 'fully open' again โ€” NHS cyber attack


On Friday, May 12, 2017, a damaging ransomware attack swept across more than one hundred countries and infected tens of thousands of computers.

Nine out of ten NHS organizations use antiquated computer systems, specifically Windows XP, according to the software company Citrix.

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.

"Police Scotland are investigating the attack, working closely with the National Crime Agency which is leading the UK-wide law enforcement investigative response". Microsoft has taken the rare step of offering a security patch for older Windows systems, including Windows XP, which has proven particularly vulnerable to the attack.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed there has not been a second wave of cyber attacks on NHS trusts since the attacks on Friday. "Attackers update their software ... other attackers will learn from the method and will carry out attacks".

Services are returning to normal, but some places are still having problems.

This attack, dubbed WannaCry, was the real deal, and knowing everything you can about this cyber attack is vital to protecting yourself from one in the future.

Yesterday, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust gave an update to its patients - it asked for patients who were scheduled for surgery today to not attend unless they have been directly contacted. Victims who opened the attachment in the email were served with the ransomware, which takes over the computer.

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A spokesman for the Russian Health Ministry, Nikita Odintsov, said on Twitter that the cyberattacks on his ministry were "effectively repelled".

Capitalising on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, the virus dubbed WannaCry has blocked more than 200,000 computers across the globe, demanding a ransom to unlock them.

"This is big: around the world, doctors and nurses are scrambling to treat patients without their digital records or prescription dosages, ambulances are being rerouted, and millions of people's data is potentially exposed", Sen.

French carmaker Renault's assembly plant in Slovenia halted production after it was targeted in the global cyberattack. WannaCry used a vulnerability in Windows systems that the NSA cataloged for use and was leaked by the hacking group Shadow Brokers in April.

In the U.S., FedEx Corp. reported that its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware, but wouldn't say if it had been hit by ransomware.

Elsewhere in Europe, the attack hit Spain's Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company, and knocked ticketing offline for Norway's IF Odd, a 132-year-old soccer club.

A poll on Monday found three-quarters of Britons thought the NHS was in a bad condition and more than 50 percent blamed the Conservatives for its current woes.