FedEx hit by 'WannaCry' ransomware

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

The attack was one of the largest ransomware attacks in history.

MalwareTech who wishes to remain anonymous, has said that they prevented more than 100,000 computers across the world from being targeted with a virus. More attacks are anticipated throughout the working week as companies and organisations turn on their devices.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency COBRA committee later.

With 200,000 victims across 150 countries, including the NHS from Friday's ransomware attack, the sheer speed and scale at which a cyber attack can manifest is phenomenal.

He added that the US government does not recommend paying the ransom and warned that making a payment to the hackers doesn't guarantee that access to computer files will be restored.

In total 47 NHS organisations reported being affected - and the disruption has continued into the new working week.

Some routine surgery and GP appointments were also cancelled across the NHS in the aftermath.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG are still experiencing IT problems.

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Seven of the 48 trusts hit still face serious issues, but patients may still show up for their medical appointments.

It is not clear why it took so long for NHS Digital to send it, or why so many trusts failed to update their systems once notified.

Labour has accused the Government of a "chaotic" response, and claimed cuts had left hospitals "wide open" to being compromised.

Sam Hutton, CTO at Glasswall Solutions said to LondonLovesBusiness.com on Saturday: "This is a major cyber-attack on the NHS in which criminals are potentially putting the wellbeing of an entire country at risk by locking up data and demanding a ransom".

Asked if warnings had been ignored, Mrs May said: "No".

The IT systems at 10 GP practices across Tayside, which operate independently of NHS Tayside's systems, were affected by the attack.

Moorfields Eye Hospital, which employs 2300 staff and operates at 32 sites, confirmed on Monday (15 May) that services across all sites were running as normal after the ransomware outbreak on Friday (12 May).

The source says that thanks to the information published by local media, citizens are on the alert about the existence of the virus to help contain the spreading of the world cyber-attack.

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