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Cyber Strike on UK Hospitals is 'International Attack', Says PM Theresa May

13 Mai 2017

Nissan's 7201.T manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, has been affected by a cyber attack that has hit almost 100 countries, a spokesman for the Japanese carmaker said on Saturday.

Across the world, up to 99 countries have reportedly been targeted by the attack that locked up computer and held users' files for ransom, with Russian Federation appearing to be hardest hit.

However, there have been some reports of ambulances being diverted from affected hospitals.

"We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack". Individual NHS trusts have asked registered patients not to attend unless it is urgent.

The UK's National Health Service fell victim, its hospitals forced to close wards and emergency rooms and turn away patients.

"Specialists at Kaspersky Lab analyzed the information about infections with the cryptic software dubbed WannaCry, which affected companies all over the world on May 12".

Gangs are thought to have used tools stolen from U.S. spies and dumped online by hackers linked to Russian Federation.

At least 30 health service organisations in England and Scotland were infiltrated by the malicious software, while many others shut down servers as a precautionary measure, bringing added disruption.

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"The National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with NHS digital to ensure that they support the organisations concerned and that they protect patient safety", May added.

She said there was no evidence patient data had been compromised and patient services were continuing to operate.

Ransomware programmes, which are sent by email and spread swiftly, can be bought on the dark web with sellers negotiating a percentage of the takings.

Ms Rudd said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had told health trusts to upgrade their software and majority had.

It was not immediately clear whether patients had suffered as a result of the attack. It encrypts files on a user's computer, blocking them from view, before demanding money, via an on-screen message, to access them again. Especially the hackers demanded their payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin, which is harder to trace. The virus is usually covertly installed on to computers by hiding within emails containing links, which users are tricked into opening.

Elsewhere in Europe, the attack hit companies including Spain's Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company.

Most cases have involved desktop computers in GP surgeries, dental practices and other primary care sites, but hospitals in the NHS Lanarkshire region are also affected.