New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided in Europe: Europol

19 Mai, 2017, 18:27 | Author: Claudine Rigal

In England, 47 NHS trusts reported problems at hospitals and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were affected by the virus, which led to some hospitals cancelling treatments and appointments and diverting ambulances to other sites.

Around a fifth of NHS trusts were hit in the attack, forcing them to postpone operations and procedures over the weekend.

Ransomware actually locks down files on an infected computer and asks the computer's administrator to pay in bit coins in order to regain control of them.

Friday's global cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries and regions, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said on Sunday.

South Africans have been warned not to open any unknown emails and to urgently update their security software as a global cyber ransom attack spread on Friday.

Earlier, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated.

The healthcare system in the United Kingdom is reeling from a ransomware attack.

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Hutchins, who uses the name MalwareTech online, is now helping the National Cyber Security Centre with their investigations.

56 Dean Street is part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS trust, one of those impacted by the attack.

A spokesman for NHS Digital, which manages health service cyber security, said: "At this stage, we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

Mr Turnbull's cyber security advisor, Alastair MacGibbon, said none of Australia's government agencies or health systems had been hit.

"We will be reducing the volume of planned services on Monday to ensure we can continue to run services safely".

"These inaccurate statements have seriously misled public opinion, caused panic among teachers and students, and affected the normal order of instruction and life", it said, giving no further details. "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible".

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