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NHS health boards in Scotland affected by cyberattack

Ben Pena | 14 May, 2017, 10:07

An increase in activity of the malware was noticed yesterday, security software company Avast reported, adding that it "quickly escalated into a massive spreading".

"There have already been good preparations in place by the NHS to make sure they were ready for this sort of attack", Ms Rudd said.

Meanwhile, the MalwareTech tracker detected over 100,000 infected systems over the past 24 hours.

Avast said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan - though exactly which computers in those areas were targeted remains fuzzy.

Telecommunications company Telefonica was among many targets in Spain.

There is no evidence that patient data has been compromised, and patient services, including emergency services, are continuing to operate.

To those who don't know, when a PC is hit by a ransomware attack, all the Files, data, documents etc is locked (encrypted) and can not be accessed unless the owner pays a RANSOM (Money). It encrypts files on a user's computer, blocking them from view, before demanding money, via an on-screen message, to access them again. The malware spreads through e-mail. "We don't know publicly if it is the NSA (that found the vulnerability) but it is widely assumed it is and that is what Shadow Brokers said", The Guardian quoted Prof.

It was believed to the biggest attack of its kind. Although Microsoft released a security patch for the flaw earlier this year, many systems have yet to be updated, researchers said.

It is possible that the crooks responsible for this attack maintained other Bitcoin addresses that were used to receive payments in connection with this attack, but there is now no evidence of that.

The Scottish Government said other public bodies are running checks on their systems as a precaution ahead of the start of the working week.

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FedEx: The company said it was "experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware" and was trying to fix the problems as quickly as possible.

"This event should serve as a globalwake-upcall - the means of delivery and the delivered effect is unprecedented", Rich Barger, the director of threat research at security firm Splunk, said in a separate statement.

The US and Russian Federation were among scores of countries affected by the virus, which also hit a Nissan plant in the UK.

The DHS has a cadre of cyber security professionals that can provide expertise and support to critical infrastructure entities, it said in a statement. At the time, there was scepticism about whether the group was exaggerating the scale of its hack.

Hospitals across England were being forced to divert emergency cases on Friday after suffering a suspected national cyber attack. (Intelligence officials wouldn't comment on the authenticity of the claims.) The tools appeared stolen by hackers, who dumped them on the internet.

"We were very well aware that this was a threat and indeed the Secretary of State and the Government has always seen it as being a threat", Mr Manning told BBC Radio Four's PM programme.

Worldwide shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also breached. It is worthwhile investing on cyber security to protect the systems, as there is growing cyber-attacks, he said and indicated that more businesses are becoming vulnerable.

NHS Digital, which manages the health service cyber security, said fewer than 5% of devices within the health service still use the old system Windows XP. The NHS has said hospitals have had to cancel some outpatient appointments because of the attack.

Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, had warned that an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomeware attacks inan article on the vulnerability of the NHS network in the "British Medical Journal" on Wednesday, two days before the major cyber-hack.


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