Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

18 Mai, 2017, 04:17 | Author: Cyril Hebras
  • A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack as captured by a computer user in Taiwan is seen on laptop in Beijing Saturday

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

Instead, the hackers asked for large sum, then used a shoddy payment process that made victims wonder whether they would get what they paid for. By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70% of systems were back online.

A company official said films were still being screened as scheduled and the company was investigating.

"The United States, more than probably any other country, is extremely careful with their processes about how they handle any vulnerabilities that they're aware of", Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security adviser, said at a press briefing on Monday.

NHS Wales has announced that none of its computer systems have been impacted and no patient data affected by a global cyber-attack.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre, a non-profit group providing support in computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected.

Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote on Sunday - "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".

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

Smith also urged Windows users to protect themselves against increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals by updating their systems, suggesting that "this attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers".

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The Kaspersky Lab estimated up to five percent of computers affected around the world could be located in India, due to the number of computers there using older versions of Microsoft's operating system.

"I think we may have got away with it".

He also poured fuel on a long-running debate over how government intelligence services should balance their desires to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - against sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the Internet.

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Chinese government bodies from transport, social security, industry watchdogs and immigration said they had suspended services ranging from processing applications to traffic crime enforcement.

"This was general goal malware and not a targeted virus".

Hospitals have stopped diverting patients following last week's cyber attack which crippled many NHS Trusts' IT systems. "If you have an attachment you're not familiar with, don't open it".

Britain's NHS is the world's fifth-largest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Wal-Mart Stores and McDonald's. "It was clear (that) warnings were given to hospital trusts".

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