October 17, 2017

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

19 May 2017, 01:05 | Winifred Adams

The spread of the virus slowed over the weekend but the respite might only be brief, experts have said.

The NHS has provided an update about planned treatment and outpatient appointments following the ransomware attack on its IT systems.

The so-called WannaCry Ransomware attack targets vulnerable Windows operating systems in mostly Europe and Asia, though some North American businesses and users were also affected.

Europol's chief has warned the threat of the cyber attack which took down global services "will continue to grow" when people return to work on Monday.

A global cyberattack second wave was awaited Monday morning as employees in about 150 countries went back to work braced for aftershocks of Friday's attack, being referred to as the worst "online extortion" ever.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of 300 U.S. dollars worth of the online currency Bitcoin, threatening to delete files within seven days. Instead, most of the attention has been focused on the NSA exploit used in the attack, the actual threat posed to victims and vital systems, and the sheer magnitude of the event.

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The enterprise-security division of Qihoo 360, one of China's leading suppliers of anti-virus software, said 29,372 institutions ranging from government offices to universities, ATMs and hospitals had been "infected" by the outbreak as of late Saturday.

At least 45 NHS organisations across England and Scotland were hit by the attack.

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust statement said that emergency services were continuing as normal and any patient with an appointment should attend as expected, unless specifically contacted by the hospital.

Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency, has called the cyber attack the "largest ransomware attack observed in history".

"Remarkably few payments so far have been made, so most people are not paying this", Wainwright said.

By paying you can help to create a new market for cyber criminals, which could lead to further cyber attacks.

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