Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

Jay Anderson
May 19, 2017

"(A new attack) is a huge concern right now", Huss told ABC News. Instead, most of the attention has been focused on the NSA exploit used in the attack, the actual threat posed to victims and vital systems, and the sheer magnitude of the event.

The government is targetting small businesses in it's mitigation messaging which it believes are most at risk from the ransomware.

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other worldwide partners", said Rudd. Victims who opened the attachment in the email were served with the ransomware, which takes over the computer.

The virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by United States intelligence.

Microsoft over the weekend also released patches targeting out-of-support versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8.

Specifically pointing to USA intelligence agencies, Smith said the worldwide hack "provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".

In the United Kingdom, 45 organisations in the National Health Service were affected, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday, and hospitals in London, North West England and Central England urged people with non-emergency conditions to stay away as technicians tried to stop the spread of the malicious software.

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The ransomware attack that began on Friday may have been slowed for the moment, but there are indications that another similar attack could occur as soon as Monday morning, according to Europol Director Rob Wainwright.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, explained on a radio talk show that many hospitals that use MRI and CT scanners are "bound to be using old software" because these have a 10-year life period.

Tehan said that Australia's critical infrastructure had also avoided infection.

The situation in Ireland is being monitored by the National Cyber Security Centre in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

'While all GP practices will have access to their clinical systems, not all computers in each practice may yet be back in full operation, however it is anticipated they will by the end of Tuesday'.

The company, which had labelled the March patch as "critical", said it was now providing a security update for all Windows customers.

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