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North-east GP surgeries open as normal after being caught in cyber attack

Worried about Wanna Cry ransomware? Here's how to avoid Global cyberattack alert as experts warn of more havoc
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 06:47

"It was clear that warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here in the United Kingdom", she told reporters on Monday.

Here is the latest National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) advice on the virus that took down computers across the world, including some NHS systems.

Investigators are working to track down those responsible for the ransomware used on Friday, known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry. Because numerous computers impacted run older Windows systems like XP, Microsoft issued a rare patch for XP, which it had stopped updating more than three years ago. "The global reach is unprecedented", Wainwright said in an interview with Britain's ITV.

The statement said: "We can confirm that the radiology services affected by the national cyber-attack at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital have been restored".

Wainwright told ITV that the world faced an escalating threat, and there was concern about the level of potential attacks on Monday morning.

Problems with cyber security in NHS organisations were highlighted past year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned that issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times said.

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First, the virus's file coder will encrypt the file of your system and secondly its displays a lock screen which will lock your computer and stops you from using it, until you pay them.

Russian Federation and Britain were among the worst hit countries.

A spokesman said: "Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented (the malware attack)". And giving the hackers what they want proves the worm is effective, the agency said.

Although virtually all of the NHS is back to normal, a handful of hospitals and health service providers are still working to resolve issues caused by the cyber attack.

A number of hospitals in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after dozens of NHS systems were brought down in Friday's attack.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has said all patients should attend their booked outpatient appointments and operations "as planned tomorrow (Tuesday) after 'significant progress" has been made in restoring IT systems following Friday's cyber attack.

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