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

Cheryl Sanders
May 19, 2017

It comes as the former United States national intelligence director said the global "ransomware" attack could grow much larger when people return to work.

More than 200,000 victims in about 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware so far. Make sure your computer is running the latest version of its operating system.

That being said, seven of the 47 of Britain's National Health Service trusts that were affected on Friday were still having IT troubles on Monday.

MeitY has initiated contact with relevant stakeholders in public and private sector to "patch" their systems as prescribed in the advisory issued by CERT-IN.

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.


A divert remains in place for trauma, stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required, at the Lister Hospital, part of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East).

The crippling cyberattack on the NHS could have been avoided if IT staff had followed guidance sent to them several weeks ago, it was claimed on Monday.

Russian Federation and Britain were among the worst hit countries.

WannaCry uses EternalBlue, which takes advantage of a vulnerability in the SMB protocol, to worm its way through local networks and online.

An exploit discovered and built upon by the USA's National Security Agency called EternalBlue was leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers earlier this year. "Computers that had not been updated with the Microsoft patch were vulnerable to attack".


The biggest thing is that experts say download all security updates whenever they pop up on your computer. According to a Lakeridge spokesperson, however, the hospital's antivirus system was able to disable the ransomware.

It said: 'There were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority through this global malware incident was to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data - and this was done very successfully.

A kill switch was accidentally discovered for the "Wannacry" virus that attempts to extort people of money in return for their data by a British cybersecurity researcher. This is of particular importance in ransomware attacks.

In China, "hundreds of thousands" of computers at almost 30,000 institutions and organizations were infected by late Saturday, according to Qihoo 360, one of China's largest providers of antivirus software.

Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer at Proofpoint, warned that "a new attack" was a major concern following the first cyber assault. Additionally, NBC News is reporting that at least two new variations of the malware have been detected that skirt over the temporary fix.


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