Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

NHS forced to turn away patients amid cyberattack chaos

Freda Brock | 13 May, 2017, 17:13

Patients of the state-funded country-wide service are facing days of chaos as appointments and surgeries were cancelled after almost 45 NHS organisations from London to Scotland were hit in the "ransomware" attack on Friday.

The extortion attack, which locked up computers and held users' files for ransom, was believed the biggest of its kind ever recorded, disrupting services from the U.S.to Russia, Spain and India.

She added: "Where the patient data has been properly backed up, which has been in most cases, work can continue as normal because the patient data can be downloaded and people can continue with their work".

The NHS in Lancashire say the IT issue is "ongoing" affecting NHS computer systems across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

The malware used in the NHS attack is called WannaCry and attacks Windows operating systems.

Forcepoint Security Labs said that "a major malicious email campaign" consisting of almost five million emails per hour was spreading the new ransomware.

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"I'm sad to say that this is probably only just beginning; administrators are in for a very hard weekend", Lauri Love said.

Hospitals and GPs surgeries across the NHS are facing a weekend of chaos as IT experts work "around the clock" to restore vital computer systems hit by a debilitating cyber attack. Mr Anderson told The Guardian.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the virus had not been targeted at the NHS, saying the attack "feels random in terms of where it's gone to and where it's been opened".

The US Department of Homeland Security said on Friday that the patch, released by Microsoft on March 16, "addresses this specific vulnerability, and installing this patch will help secure your systems from the threat".

An Indian-origin doctor based in London had warned against the cyber-hack of the UK's state-run National Health Service (NHS) just days before it crippled the country's network.

Past year aSky News investigation discovered that NHS trusts were putting patients at risk, with seven trusts spending nothing on cybersecurity in 2015.

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