Trusts were told about security patch last month — NHS cyberattack

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 19, 2017

She said Britain was working with worldwide partners in the global manhunt to find the creators of the cyber attack.

"WannaCry" is a virus released by the hacker group Shadow Brokers, with some of its components believed to be from tools used by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Patients using Princess Royal University Hospital were unaffected by the cyber attack which swept across the NHS last week.

Cyber security experts have warned that the ransomware virus, which affected one in five NHS trusts, could be reactivated by computers and devices that have not yet been switched on.

More than 200 000 victims in 150 countries and regions were afflicted by the attacks with Russian Federation and the United Kingdom the worst hit.

The ransomware locks users' computers and demands a $300 payment in order to re-gain access.

The ransomware attack struck British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries.

Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith in a blog post criticized what he called the "stockpiling" of risky software code by governments which could be exploited by hackers.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard of the Royal College of General Practitioners said many Global Positioning System went into their practices on Sunday to reboot their computers and install updates.

Problems with cyber security in the NHS was highlighted a year ago by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times reported.

The attack has left 47 NHS organisations affected with malware in their system, ranging from hospital trusts to commissioning support units.

Australian cyber security minister Dan Tehan told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio: "At this stage, it does seem like that we have missed the major impact of this ransomware incident".

They should immediately update their Windows operating system and back up their data.

Friday's extortion attack, which locked up computers and held users' files for ransom, is believed to be the biggest of its kind ever recorded.

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