Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

A&Es 'fully open' again — NHS cyber attack


Hospitals have stopped diverting patients following last week's cyber attack which crippled many NHS Trusts' IT systems.

Tehan urged businesses to visit the website of the ACSC or phone (1300 CYBER1) for more information.

Petients have been told they can attend their GP surgeries as normal following last week's computer cyber attack - though some facilities were still seeing difficulties on Monday.

Meanwhile, Irish hospitals suspected of being hit by the worldwide cyber attack had been targeted by a different, older virus, health chiefs have revealed.

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The EU's law enforcement body said the unique features of the WannaCry ransomware were its two main components, a worm functionality and the ransomware itself.

In a blog post, published by Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer at the company, on Sunday he said that the attack was enabled through National Security Agency (NSA) stockpiling exploits, rather than openly sharing discovered exploits so they could be fixed.

Law enforcers will go after the people responsible for the cyber attack which hit Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Monday.

Numerous nearly 8,000 doctors' surgeries in England were also affected, warning of delays as doctors reverted to paper records and appointments.

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The organisation also confirmed that it was safe to connect to the service's internal email system, NHSmail, after work was completed by experts to ensure servers were ready to use.

'It's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected, ' British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said in a statement: "NHS Digital issued a targeted update on a secure portal accessible to NHS staff on April 25, and then via a bulletin to more than 10,000 security and IT professionals on April 27 to alert them to this specific issue". It's high time that health services take protective measures, inlcuding updating the systems with the latest versions as well as imparting the right training and tools to workers to mitigate this vulnerability or overcome such attacks in the future.

"We have not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated and so I think that is encouraging", he told Sky News. "This guidance was also reissued on Friday following emergence of this issue".

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