Friday, 24 November, 2017

Technology experts worked through night to counter cyber attack on health service

Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 12:03

A hacking group called Shadow Brokers released the malware in April, claiming to have discovered the flaw from the NSA, Kaspersky said.

But Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the Government ignored warnings the health service was vulnerable, and said the Government was putting £2bn into cyber security.

"We weren't able to ingest the threat vector, which was probably an email that contained this malicious code in it, or a link to malicious code, and as a effect we were probably better protected than our European cousins".

The government is targetting small businesses in it's mitigation messaging which it believes are most at risk from the ransomware.

The virus infected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, locking the contents of their drives unless a ransom of $300 or $600 was paid in Bitcoin.

"Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them", he said.

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"Yes, ransomware is a major problem in Australia, and this attack is no different... it doesn't discriminate and affects home and business users", he said.

The government is advising Australians to back up their data and update Windows operating systems.

"We've never seen anything like this", the head of the European Union's policing agency told Britain's ITV television Sunday.

The attack, Smith says, "represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today - nation-state action and organized criminal action".

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 England, some hospitals were forced to cancel procedures and appointments, as ambulances were directed to neighbouring hospitals that had avoided the attack, according to BBC reports.

However, this morning the trust confirmed it had not suffered from the attack, which also targeted the Russian Interior Ministry and Spanish telecoms giant, Telefonica, amongst other global organisations.

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