Concerns over ransomware as working week resumes

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

On Friday, NHS hospitals across Britain had been forced to divert emergency ambulances and cancel operations after their computer systems were hit by the massive cyber attack.

Major companies that includes sixteen National Health Service organsisations in the U.K. FedEx, telecom companies Telefonica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation were also hit.

The malware encrypts files on devices and demands a ransom be paid before they are unlocked.

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.

Bossert will also be searching for who is responsible for the first wave of ransomware attacks as well as those involved in a possible second wave.

"It was clear that warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here in the United Kingdom", she told reporters on Monday.

Sexual health services are struggling to rebuild in the wake of a cyber attack that devastated the UK's National Health Service.

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Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

Mr Biggs said: "It is vital that NHS trusts invest adequately in cyber security as they seek to protect themselves against future attacks".

"If people have hospital or GP appointments they should attend unless told otherwise".

Last night, she said: "The concern is that on Monday morning the appointment system may not be working, some places may not be able to access routine results, even the phone lines in some cases may not be working".

Immediate action was taken by the trust and services continued to operate over the weekend.

"Bearing in mind the impact of the global cyber attack we would urge people to be patient with staff who may still be dealing with disruption to their systems".

Scottish health secretary Shona Robison confirmed that there has been no evidence that patient data has been compromised and patient services, including emergency service, are continuing to operate across Scotland.

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