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Doctor's surgery is hit by cyber-attack

Ransomware Doctor's surgery is hit by cyber-attack
Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 21:40

"While the spread of the Ransomware appears to have temporarily slowed, it is still critical that businesses and individuals patch the operating systems on their computers", a statement from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) said.

Meanwhile, Irish hospitals suspected of being hit by the worldwide cyber attack had been targeted by a different, older virus, health chiefs have revealed.

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright had warned on Sunday the situation could worsen when workers return to their offices on Monday after the weekend and logged on.

The Scottish Government confirmed there have been no further reported problems following the debilitating cyber attack which hit the NHS on Friday afternoon.

At least one Australian business has fallen victim to the ransomware attack and there are investigations into two other reports, the federal government says.

The NHS was among hundreds of organisations affected around the world, with 47 trusts hit.

In its latest update on the incident, Europol said it was the "largest ransomware attack observed in history".

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"At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up".

An NHS IT worker told the Guardian that users experienced a "bitcoin virus pop-up", demanding payment before they could access their PCs.

The news came after staff at Europe's biggest hospital were warned on Monday not to switch on their computers as the NHS battled to recover from the crisis.

"IT departments across Government and the private sector have been working over the weekend to upgrade IT equipment and to apply patches to deal with the vulnerability that this malware exploits", said a Government spokesman.

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) had been particularly affected by the attack, which froze thousands of computer systems and demanded owners pay a "fine" to continue using their machines.

"We would like to extend our thanks to our staff for the hard work they have done to ensure patient care has been prioritised during this difficult time, and to our patients for their understanding".

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