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

Cyber attack: NHS Tayside returns to normal

The attack has hit at least 150 countries since Friday and infected 200,000 machines, according to the European law enforcement agency Europol.

Sky News has learned that trusts in England were sent details of a security patch last month to protect themselves from such an attack.

It comes as the former USA national intelligence director said the global "ransomware" attack could grow much larger when people return to work. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". About 52,000 PCs and 2,350 servers in Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) have had anti-virus software deployed as IT experts moved to counteract the threat of the global "ransomware".

The attack has hit more than 75,000 computers in 99 countries.

The ransomware locks users' files and demands a Dollars 300 payment to allow access. The cyber-attack, he insisted, was not because of "NHS manager incompetence".

They proposed a plan to improve security that included a replacement of outdated systems "as a matter of urgency", calling the continued use "one of the most pressing issues facing IT infrastructure" in the NHS.

He also said the NHS may have "got away with it" to some extent, as its "obsolete" computer systems could easily have been subjected to a targeted attack seeking to extract patients' personal data.

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Ransomware is software that infects a computer and then demands the user pay to have their information restored.

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".

In Japan, a spokesman for Hitachi said the conglomerate discovered problems on Monday morning and its computer networks were "unstable".

Some 47 NHS trusts fell victim to these ransomware attacks resulting in devastating consequences for some patients, as operations were cancelled and medical records held for ransom.

A GLOBAL cyber attack that has struck computers across Europe and Asia is believed to have infected its first Australian business, the federal government says.

Microsoft has introduced a security patch to tackle the situation, and consumers across the globe have been advised to download the solution at the earliest.

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