Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

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On Monday NHS Digital said it had posted a patch to prevent such an attack on 25 April and that the WannaCry incident would have been prevented if all NHS organizations had installed the patch on their systems.

"As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems", BBC quoted Smith as saying.

GP practices in the North East of England, which were impacted by Friday's cyber-attack on the NHS, are now able to use their IT systems again.

The source says that thanks to the information published by local media, citizens are on the alert about the existence of the virus to help contain the spreading of the world cyber-attack.

The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries, and those victims, many of those will be businesses, including large corporations.

After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.

Concerns were raised more NHS services could be affected on Monday, but Kent's hospital trusts confirmed they had not been targeted in the scam, thought to have accessed computers via email.

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

In a statement online the trust said: "Following the ransomware attack, the Trust is now working to ensure that all IT systems affected are brought online again as soon as possible, and thanks patients for their understanding during this time".

Several hospitals were still facing disruptions on Monday, with St Bartholomew's in London cancelling appointments and warning of delays to pathology and diagnostic services.

The latest virus attack last week exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by USA intelligence.

A British cyber expert was hailed an "accidental hero" after he registered a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the virus, which exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software.

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other worldwide partners", said Rudd.

The organisation told trusts: "Our Data Security Centre continues to work around the clock alongside the National Cyber Security Centre, to support NHS organisations that have reported any issues related to this cyber-attack".

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