Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North-east GP surgeries open as normal after being caught in cyber attack


United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has said all patients should attend their booked outpatient appointments and operations "as planned tomorrow (Tuesday) after 'significant progress" has been made in restoring IT systems following Friday's cyber attack.

Thousands of computers and other Microsoft-based systems in Europe and Russian Federation had already fallen victim to the ransomware attack, reported ABC News.

Europol said more than 200,000 computers around the world had been affected over the weekend in what it said was "an unprecedented attack".

IT administrators and cyber security experts are on high alert this morning as people return to work three days after malicious software began causing extensive damage around the globe.

But speaking publicly for the first time since the cyberattack, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that "according to the latest intelligence we have not seen a second wave of attacks".

"We expect systems, by and large, to be up and running today, obviously there will be ongoing work to learn lessons about what has happened".

"It's why we are putting £2 billion [$2.6 billion] into cyber-security over the coming years and, of course, created the National Cyber Security Centre".

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A number of hospitals in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after dozens of NHS systems were brought down in Friday's attack.

"We will be reducing the volume of planned services on Monday to ensure we can continue to run services safely. All services are operating as normal".

The WannaCry ransomware attack - which locks computer systems and demands a $300 payment to allow access to them - affected machines in 150 countries, including companies such as FedEx and Renault.

He had previously asked that patients other than those with emergencies avoid going to the surgery until Tuesday.

SHANGHAI-"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at almost 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted.

"Our IT Teams are working as fast as possible to resolve these issues & we are again very sorry for the continued disruption".

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