Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

China pays for Windows XP addiction as 'WannaCry' hits

The cyber attack that crippled NHS computer systems is the biggest of its kind ever launched, security chiefs have said.

"HHS through its law enforcement and intelligence resources with the Office of Inspector General and Office of Security and Strategic Information, have ongoing communications and are sharing and exchanging information with other key partners including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation", HHS said in a statement, according to HealthITSecurity.

As of Monday morning, the attack had hit 120,000 machines in at least 150 countries, including China, Germany, Russia and Japan, according to CNN.

The list of institutions affected is expected to grow as more become aware of hacks or if more variants spread infections.

Vicente Diaz, a security analyst at Kaspersky, said big companies would have spent the weekend implementing such measures, but smaller firms without a dedicated security team could still suffer from the malware.

Nissan: The carmaker said in a statement that "some Nissan entities were recently targeted" but "there has been no major impact on our business". Microsoft, the software the infected computers were running on, released a security update in March to protect against the virus, and called this incident a "wake-up call".

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), for example, took some 20,000 gas stations offline early Saturday, forcing customers to pay in cash as credit card purchases could not be processed.

However there was disruption to the x-ray service.

Canada warns it may cancel US jet buy over Bombardier probe
Delta last year placed an order for 75 CSeries jets, providing the program with a marquee customer after years of sluggish sales. The move adds to existing trade tensions between the USA and Canada, centered on the lumber and dairy industries.

Russian Railways: State media said a virus attacked the IT system of Russian Railways, but it did not affect operations due to a prompt response.

Avivah Litan, a cybersecurity analyst at Gartner, agreed that the government is "is negligent not doing a better job protecting companies", but added that it's not like "you can stop the US government from developing cybertools" that then work as intended.

On Monday, senior administration officials defended the government's handling of software flaws, without confirming the NSA link to WannaCry, the tool used in the global ransomware attack.

Megafon: A spokesperson for Russian telecommunications company Megafon told CNN that the cyberattack affected call centers but not the company's networks.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards. "At this stage, we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.

Cancer treatments have had to be delayed and staff have been working overtime to clear a backlog at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, bosses have revealed, as a result of the cyber attacks on Friday.

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