Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries: Europol chief


Friday's attack was the latest in the growing menace of ransomware in which hackers deliver files to computers that automatically encrypt their data, making it unusable until a ransom is paid.

It said in a statement: "NHS Digital issued a targeted update on a secure portal accessible to NHS staff on April 25, and then via a bulletin to more than 10,000 security and IT professionals on April 27 to alert them to this specific issue".

Opinion polls show the NHS is the issue voters care most about, ahead even of Britain's exit from the European Union and the economy, before the June 8 national election.

"T$3 his attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers", Smith said in his blog post.

The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack. Spending is projected to rise in real terms, although Labour says the government's plans do not provide enough to prevent a looming health crisis due to an ageing population.

Because it's possible for the perpetrators to alter the code to use a different domain, MalwareTech and others warned the ransomware could continue spreading.

NHS Digital has announced updated guidelines on protecting against future cyber-attacks including instructions to install a patch to protect systems against further attacks and malicious viruses.

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Scottish health secretary Shona Robison confirmed that there has been no evidence that patient data has been compromised and patient services, including emergency service, are continuing to operate across Scotland.

Security Minister Ben Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 - when the Labour Party was in power - that was stopped and left to the local trusts that run hospitals.

He told a committee of peers that the NHS was "weak" on hospital IT systems, following warnings that half of hospitals are at least five years behind schedule.

"Overall, the USA infection rates have been slower than the rest of the world, but we may still see significant impacts in additional networks as these malware attacks morph and change", said Bossert.

Major pharmacy chains organise a co-ordinated response to NHS cyber attack, based on instant information sharing.

Nanette Kerr, the chief executive officer of the CCA, which has some 50% market share of the pharmacy sector, held a conference call with IT staff from the large chains, including Boots, Lloyds and Well, on 15 May 2017 to discuss the impact of the attack.

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