Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

WRAPUP 6-Cyber attack's spread slows; security stocks gain

WRAPUP 6-Cyber attack's spread slows; security stocks gain

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".

To make sure your computer has the latest Microsoft update, go to the start menu on your desktop and look under "all programs" for the "Microsoft Update" tab on older models; newer Windows versions lead you to updates through the start menu, look for "System Center", then "Software Center" and "show all" updates. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time. Japan, Turkey, and the Philippines were also affected.

"Small business owners should be pro-active about their cyber security in the wake of this ransomware campaign affecting computers around the world", Tehan said.

"You are dealing with a criminal", he said.

The attack also hit Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS trust, which operates Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital and several clinics, including 56 Dean Street, Europe's biggest sexual health clinic, which was closed until 1pm today.

The Malware is so effective because it exploits a Windows vulnerability patched in March by Microsoft.

This week, the trust said that all three of its hospitals were open and running but added that there may be "some delays" to a few of its systems.

Devices across Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the Royal London and four other east London hospitals, were marked with red tape by IT staff as they battled to get systems online.

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To decode the files, the hackers were asking for $300 in ransom.

Ransomware actually locks down files on an infected computer and asks the computer's administrator to pay in bit coins in order to regain control of them. Once it infects one computer within a network, it can spread to all the computers in that network "within seconds", said Israel Levy, the CEO of the cybersecurity firm Bufferzone.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame at the feet of the USA government.

The seeds of the massive cyber attack were sown by a mysterious hacking group "Shadow Brokers" in April when it leaked a hacking tool called "Eternal Blue" developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

It was too early to say who was behind the onslaught, which struck 100,000 organizations, and what their motivation was, aside from the obvious demand for money. Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations.

"If your computer system has the most recent patches installed you are safe from this incident".

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.

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