Tayside GP practices affected by NHS cyber-attack running as normal

Amos Gonzales
May 19, 2017

Mr Biggs said: "It is vital that NHS trusts invest adequately in cyber security as they seek to protect themselves against future attacks".

The WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack hobbled Chinese traffic police and schools on Monday as it rolled into Asia for the new work week, while authorities in Europe said they were trying to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

The warning was echoed by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre: "As a new working week begins it is likely, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale". The British Home Secretary said most of the NHS systems were back to normal by midday Saturday.

The culprits used a digital code believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency - and subsequently leaked as part of a document dump, according to researchers at the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab. Microsoft released a patch over the weekend for the Eternal Blue vulnerability that defends against it even with older versions of Windows.

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

Overseas, Britain's National Health Service was among the first to report the attack.

Other government officials have come out to say that the NHS has been repeatedly warned of such an impending attack.

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"The operating systems on our computers and software downloads are managed centrally so that regular users can not download executable files from the internet without administrative rights", he said in an email.

Asked if the government had ignored warnings over the NHS being at risk from cyber attack, Prime Minister Theresa May told Sky News: "No".

"HHS through its law enforcement and intelligence resources with the Office of Inspector General and Office of Security and Strategic Information, have ongoing communications and are sharing and exchanging information with other key partners including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation", HHS said in a statement, according to HealthITSecurity.

However, the walk-in x-ray services for patients referred by their Global Positioning System will remain closed throughout Monday.

"These alerts included a patch to protect their systems".

It comes as the Rural Services Network warns that the attack may have affected rural GP surgeries. The statement said antivirus systems are working to destroy it.

The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack. As word of the attack grabbed news headlines over the weekend, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, wrote that the "attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", in a May 14 blog post.

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