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Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

17 Mai 2017

Ransomware is a kind of malicious software that, as its name implies, takes a computer hostage and holds it for ransom.

Interior Ministry: The Russian Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers, adding that less than 1% of computers were affected.

The so-called WannaCry ransomware locks access to user files and demands money-in the form of the virtual currency Bitcoin-in order to decrypt them. He said it was too early to tell how many websites had been affected.

However, the note said that no GP practice computers had actually been infected by the malware.

She said it was an worldwide attack with a number of countries and organisations affected.

Meanwhile, petrol stations in the western city of Chongqing were unable to accept card payments after systems at China National Petroleum Corp became infected, the South China Morning Post reported.

And that's just a measure of the electronic consequences of WannaCry.

"In addition to protective real-time monitoring of national NHS IT services and systems, which were unaffected by this issue, we are supporting NHS organisations by undertaking cyber security testing and providing bespoke advice and action points". Victims were told they could uninfect their machines by paying the equivalent of US$300 in digital currency BitCoin.

Three Bitcoin wallets associated with WannaCrypt have received nearly $55,000 in transfers since the beginning of the outbreak, a pitifully small sum considering the scope of damage.

Other European organizations hit by the massive cyberattack included soccer clubs in Norway and Sweden, with IF Odd, a 132-year-old Norwegian soccer club, saying its online ticketing facility was down.

It's largely a question of resources and attention. But it's disappointing that funding hasn't been given to upgrade the system. The healthcare system remains unusually-reliant on technology running Windows XP, an old operating system that is more vulnerable to attack than modern alternatives.

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Microsoft officials say they patched the flaw months ago.

"It's no longer a cost of doing business", said R. David Edelman, who advised President Barack Obama on technology.

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

Analysts have noticed an uptick of ransomware attacks in recent years, with most predicting an even bigger increase in 2017. But the next best thing you can do is help reduce the odds of being hit next time.

It said: 'There were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority through this global malware incident was to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data - and this was done very successfully. Microsoft released a security update in March to protect against WannaCrypt but Windows XP was excluded from the patch. In general, there is no specific evidence that public sector organisations suffer cyber-attacks disproportionately.

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", Wallace told BBC Radio.

Who's behind the WannaCry attack?

It was not yet known who perpetrated Friday's attacks.

The security holes it exploits were disclosed several weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has published what it says are hacking tools used by the NSA. "Attackers update their software. other attackers will learn from the method and will carry out attacks". "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Smith said.

WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in older versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows XP.

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Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack