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

Security Minister calls Windows XP accusations 'red herrings — NHS cyber attack

However, NHS Digital said only 4.7% of the NHS is now using Windows XP, with the figure decreasing, and a spokesperson told BJ-HC today that no evidence has been found as of yet that patient data was compromised in the cyber attack.

In a BBC interview, Wallace said focus should be orientated towards uncovering why security patches weren't uniformly installed across the NHS, since NHS Digital sent a link to the latest Windows XP security patch to NHS organisations at the end of April.

Meanwhile, Irish hospitals suspected of being hit by the global cyber attack had been targeted by a different, older virus, health chiefs have revealed.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that a million people were treated on Monday, with GP surgeries working hard to ensure as few patients as possible are affected.

However, the note said that no GP practice computers had actually been infected by the malware.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal yesterday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

HSE staff are being asked to turn on but not log onto their PCs for two hours this morning to allow checks to take place, and also to think before they click.

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NHS computer systems are returning to normal after the ransomware cyber attack, health secretary Shona Robison has said.

The Lister Hospital, which is run by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, is one of the last two still affected.

Smith said that Friday's attack demonstrated how cyber security was becoming a shared responsibility between customer and supplier.

The health service has been rebuked for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft.

The NHS was badly affected by the WannaCry ransomware virus, which affected more than 300,000 computers, with 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards compromised. These alerts included a patch to protect their systems.

In his first public comments since the attack, Mr Hunt told Sky News: "Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them. This guidance was also reissued on Friday following emergence of this issue".

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