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

No second spike in cyber attacks is "encouraging"-British minister"


The United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) has reportedly been using a 15-year-old operating system for its virtual infrastructure, which likely contributed to its vulnerability during the massive cyber attack that occurred Friday.

Experts believe one main reason why healthcare organisations are particularly at risk from cyber attacks may be due to lack of awareness about email authentication in the sector.

The British government said 48 of 248 health service trusts - the bodies that run the hospitals - in England had been impacted by Friday's attack.

Specialists are concerned that computer systems that have not had security patches applied could be infected by the ransomware called WannaCry.

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CERT-In today said it has not received any formal report of cyber attack on India's vital networks by the crippling global ransomware, "WannaCry". "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". (Note: the "Windows Update" section is also handy for showing you updates that are now being downloaded or applied.) Under "Advanced Options", just make sure the drop down box is set to "Automatic".

More than 200,000 victims in about 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware so far.

Doctors surgeries in Tayside affected by the UK-wide NHS cyber-attack are now "operating as normal". According to the BBC, the virus took hacked users' files and demanded payments to restore access.

He also said the NHS may have "got away with it" to some extent, as its "obsolete" computer systems could easily have been subjected to a targeted attack seeking to extract patients' personal data.

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Professor Clark said more information on protecting your computer was available via the IT security company Sophos and the National Cyber Security Centre, among other sources.

"This as not targeted at the NHS, it's an worldwide attack, and a number of countries and organizations have been affected", she said.

"The affected company doesn't fall under critical infrastructure, it's not a medical or health service and it is not a big company", he said.

The Echo revealed yesterday that Southend Hospital acted in the nick of time to stop the attack causing widespread chaos.

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In March Microsoft released an update to protect the latest Windows versions against the WannaCry ransomware.

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