Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

STAFF battled to take up the slack at the North Middlesex University Hospital after scores of ambulances were diverted there and trauma patients admitted following a major national cyber attack.

While investigations continue, other cyber security companies are warning that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

More than 200,000 systems in 150 countries have reportedly been affected, including British hospitals and Germany's national railway. In addition to internet-linked networks, the proposed Section 44 powers would allow government and military interference in a wide definition of "cyber" networks, including personal and business computers, all communications, telecommunications and the internet, as well as satellite, utility and public services including transport systems.

"We take cybersecurity seriously", said May, who was responsible for domestic security for six years as home secretary before becoming prime minister last year.

"We're continuing to investigate a small number of potential cases but there is nothing new to report", Martin said.

Bossert said less than $70,000 has been paid in response to the cyberattacks.

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.

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The Malware is so effective because it exploits a Windows vulnerability patched in March by Microsoft.

Hawkhill Medical Centre staff said their computers were hit by the virus on Friday afternoon, with a demand appearing on the screen for payment of the online currency Bitcoin.

'It's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected, ' British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

However, Wainwright said so far "remarkably few" payments had been made by the victims of the attack. The company's shares were down about 1% on Monday, in a slightly higher broad market.

Companies and governments spent the weekend upgrading software to limit the spread of the virus. Some have also been machines involved in manufacturing or hospital functions, hard to patch without disrupting operations.

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service has been forced to cancel operations today within its hospitals after computers used to share patients' test results and scans with doctors remain frozen.

The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling cyber attack.

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