New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided in Europe: Europol

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Such issues are solvable but the NHS is overstretched financially and has a patchy record of rolling out IT products, in part because of the small cadre of outsourcing providers it relies on have failed to deliver the anticipated results.

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.

The cyber attack that crippled NHS computer systems is the biggest of its kind ever launched, security chiefs have said.

The NHS has provided an update about planned treatment and outpatient appointments following the ransomware attack on its IT systems. A statement from the delivery company Friday said its Windows-based systems were "experiencing interference" due to malware and that it was trying to fix the issue as quickly as possible.

The health service has been rebuked for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft.

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But only a handful of appointments had to be cancelled and the Global Positioning System were able to see patients on Monday morning even though much of the surgery's IT equipment was still down. However, there have been some reports of ambulances being diverted from affected hospitals and individual NHS trusts have asked registered patients not to attend unless it is urgent. People should continue to use the NHS wisely.

"We are working closely with colleagues at local hospitals and my thanks to all those members of staff who are working tirelessly to minimise any disruption to patients".

Large swathes of the NHS have been paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal yesterday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

But Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the Government ignored warnings the health service was vulnerable, and said the Government was putting £2bn into cyber security.

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