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Christy Curtis | 21 May, 2017, 02:43

Rob Whiteman, CIPFA chief executive said: "The NHS ransomware attack needs to be a stark reminder for all government organisations to ensure IT security is optimal, regularly reviewed and upgraded, and given the resources to match our reliance on digital systems".

The cyber attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries.

Last night, she said: "The concern is that on Monday morning the appointment system may not be working, some places may not be able to access routine results, even the phone lines in some cases may not be working".

"If your business has been infected you should isolate the affected computer from your network to prevent the software spreading and use backup data to restore information".

"It was clear that warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here in the United Kingdom", she told reporters on Monday.

According to University of Melbourne cyber security expert Dr Suelette Dreyfus, the attack would have been nowhere near as prolific had people run the updates provided by Microsoft in March.

"If you have a scheduled appointment you are advised to attend as normal unless you are told otherwise".

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Britain's official emergency committee, known as Cobra, met in London on Saturday afternoon to discuss the cyber-attack that has caused widespread disruption to the country's National Health Service (NHS).

Riverbank IT Management managing director Malcolm Newdick said: "Last week's ransomware attack was the most risky malware attack we have seen".

The crippling cyberattack on the NHS could have been avoided if IT staff had followed guidance sent to them several weeks ago, it was claimed on Monday.

Organisations across the globe, including investigators from the UK's National Crime Agency, are now working non-stop to hunt down those responsible for the ransomware.

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

MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up halting it.

Meanwhile, health authorities are racing to upgrade security software amid fears hackers could exploit the same vulnerability with a new virus.

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