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Frenchman claims cure for WannaCry-infected computers

20 Mai 2017

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust statement said that emergency services were continuing as normal and any patient with an appointment should attend as expected, unless specifically contacted by the hospital.

A spokesman said: "Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented [the malware attack]".

UK's state-run National Health Service (NHS) was limping back to normalcy today, even as experts have warned of a second wave of ransomware cyberattacks on IT systems around the world.

Friday's cyber attack hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and that number could grow when people return to work on Monday, the head of the European Union's police agency said on Sunday.

Almost 50 NHS trusts were affected by the "WannaCry" ransomware attacks at the weekend where data was stolen and locked down, and computer users were told to pay money in return for their files.

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NHS Grampian said it remains "completely confident" no patient data was accessed in the ransomware attack, which hit 13 health boards across the country and countless nationwide, leaving some with a backlog of postponed appointments to contend with. "WannaCry" infected computers are frozen and display a big message in red informing users, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and demanding about $300 in online bitcoin payment.

"Private sector companies are obviously vulnerable as well and I think there is a concern that as people switch on their computers we may see more impact from the virus but we will be working as hard as we can to minimise that". He says while it may be time consuming, update your software when it says it has an update.

The "Eternal Blue" tool developed by the National Security Agency had been dumped onto the public internet by a hacking group known as the "Shadow Brokers". Despite its age and obsolescence, Windows XP was still used on more than 7% of PCs around the world as of April, according to NetMarketShare data charted for us by Statista. Unfortunately, the patch won't help computers that are already infected.

In March Microsoft released an update to protect the latest Windows versions against the WannaCry ransomware. Hackers made use of a vulnerability that existed in Microsoft Windows. The virus also affected many hospitals and transportation networks across Europe.

Though a British security researcher "MalwareTech" managed to stop the spread of the virus, hackers have issued new versions that cybersecurity organisations are trying to counter.

Frenchman claims cure for WannaCry-infected computers