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UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack

UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack
Vera Richards | 14 May, 2017, 02:00

Spain's largest telecommunications firm, Telefonica, said in a statement that a "cybersecurity incident" occurred Friday that affected the computers at its Madrid headquarters, but it was unclear whether it is linked to the attack in England. But U.K. hospitals, Chinese universities and global firms like Fedex also reported they had come under assault.

The Home Secretary has revealed that 48 of the 248 NHS trusts in England have been hit during a "major" cyber attack.

Security officials in Britain urged organizations to protect themselves from ransomware by updating their security software fixes, running anti-virus software and backing up data elsewhere.

"I would like to thank all of the NHS staff who are continuing to work hard to ensure that the impact of this attack is kept to an absolute minimum".

Security experts from Kaspersky Lab and Avast Software say Russian Federation was the hardest hit, followed by Ukraine and Taiwan.

Only a small number of US -headquartered organisations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by focusing on targets in Europe, said Thakur.

And all this may be just a taste of what's coming, a leading cyber security expert warned.

Security firm Avast has recorded more than 75,000 detections of WanaCrypt0r 2.0 in 99 countries.

East Cheshire NHS Trust runs Macclesfield District General Hospital as its main site as well as Knutsford Community Hospital, and other outpatient services in Knutsford, Handforth and Wilmslow.

The demand is for a payment of Dollars 300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock the files.

He said the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems. This is not the serious stuff yet.

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He said: This is an unprecedented scale.

The cybercriminals spread the WannaCry ransomware by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability, which was fixed by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) in March. The NSA tools were stolen by hackers and dumped on the internet.

Meanwhile, a cyber security researcher is believed to have found a "kill switch" to stop the spread of the WannaCry ransomware for the time being. "Essentially they relied on a domain not being registered and by registering it, we stopped their malware spreading", the person told AFP in a private message on Twitter. His $11 purchase of the name may have saved governments and companies around the world millions, slowing its spread before USA -based computers were more widely infected. Other impacts in the US were not readily apparent on Saturday. Unfortunately, it doesn't help people who are already hit by the ransom, but at least it prevented it rolling out further. Up-to-date backups make it possible to restore files without paying a ransom.

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Microsoft said on Friday it would roll out the update to users of older operating systems "that no longer receive mainstream support", such Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. Hospitals had to close, operations were cancelled, and doctors were forced to resort to pen and paper to work.

In Brazil, the social security system had to disconnect its computers and cancel public access.

Snowden noted that the NSA developed these "dangerous attack tools that could target Western software" despite warnings, and that it's now up to congress to question the agency on its knowledge of any other software vulnerabilities.

Computers at Russia's Interior Ministry have been infected with the malware, the ministry said Friday evening. The interior ministry said about 1,000 computers had been infected but it had localized the virus.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, Communications Minister Denis Naughten said there had been no reports of "a successful attack here".

Germany's Deutsche Bahn computers were also impacted, with the company reporting on Saturday morning that display panels in the stations were affected.

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