Trusts were told about security patch last month — NHS cyberattack

Trusts were told about security patch last month — NHS cyberattack

Trusts were told about security patch last month — NHS cyberattack

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

In the U.S. FedEx was hit.

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", wrote Smith.

For some businesses, updating your operating system can break more things than it fixes, because some update-averse business-critical software relying on certain versions of Windows in order to function correctly.

More than 200,000 systems in 150 countries have reportedly been affected, including British hospitals and Germany's national railway.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step".

"(There have been) remarkably few payments so far that we've noticed as we are tracking this, so most people are not paying this, so there isn't a lot of money being made by criminal organisations so far". "Which we will", she said.

As cybersecurity firms worked around the clock to monitor the situation and install a software patch, new variants of the rapidly replicating malware were discovered Sunday.

It may be that the attackers created their virus without knowing exactly how far it would spread. "My job is to look for ways we can track and potentially stop botnets (and other kinds of malware), so I'm always on the lookout to pick up unregistered malware control server (C2) domains".

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He said GPs own and pay for their own IT systems and malware protection may not have been "a high priority" for them.

"This thing can not be brushed under the carpet", he said.

Other surgeries have also posted statements confirming they have been affected on their websites.

Anne Rainsberry, NHS incident director, said that the most seriously affected sections were pathology services and imaging services. In Indonesia, the malware locked patient files on computers in two hospitals in the capital, Jakarta, causing delays. "It was clear warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here in the United Kingdom".

The computer can be infected by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) released a security patch for in March and computers that hadn't updated were still at risk.

The infection strikes by encrypting all the files on the PC and then displaying a ransom note demanding US$300 or $600 in bitcoin.

Now researchers at Symantec and Kaspersky Lab are saying some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, which researchers from many companies have identified as a North Korean operation.

Tom Bossert, a homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, said "criminals" were responsible, not the USA government.

By late yesterday, around 80 per cent of its network was back online, PetroChina said.

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