Hackers have second US weapon primed for attack, warn analysts

Ebony Scott
May 19, 2017

Petients have been told they can attend their GP surgeries as normal following last week's computer cyber attack - though some facilities were still seeing difficulties on Monday.

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: "Friday's attack has highlighted the need for everyone to have appropriate and robust measures in place to protect against cyber-attacks which could strike any IT system at any time".

The Wanna Decryptor - or WannaCry - virus sent the health service into meltdown on Friday, with hospitals in parts of the country forced to cancel treatments and appointments.

Riverbank IT Management managing director Malcolm Newdick said: "Last week's ransomware attack was the most unsafe malware attack we have seen". It appears to exploit a vulnerability in Windows that, according to the Toronto Star, "was supposedly identified by the U.S".

The healthcare system in the United Kingdom is reeling from a ransomware attack.

The NHS cyber-attack should be treated as a wake-up call for organisations around the world, particularly, the health sector.

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But Opposition parties have criticised the government, saying they had cut funding to the NHS IT budget and a contract to protect computer systems was not renewed after 2015.

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

The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks.

The statement said: "We can confirm that the radiology services affected by the national cyber-attack at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital have been restored".

European policing and security agencies said the fallout from a ransomware attack that has already crippled more than 200,000 computers around the world could deepen as people return for another work week. Microsoft put out an update in March to close the door on hackers, but some people still haven't updated yet. On Monday night the government said the ransomware - also known as Wana Decryptor, WannaCrypt and Wana - had affected eight Australian businesses, an increase from the "at least three" figure the government had claimed that morning.

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