How to protect your PC from the WannaCry ransomware

Gladys Abbott
May 17, 2017

The government says that under a previous Labour administration the trusts that run local hospitals were given responsibility to manage their own computer systems.

The government issued a decree a year ago requiring state and municipal bodies to prioritize the use of software developed in Russian Federation.

"We haven't fully dodged this bullet at all until we're patched against the vulnerability itself", Kalember said. "But it's disappointing that funding hasn't been given to upgrade the system".

He said staff in his area had been working day and night at the weekend to limit the impact but national action was required.

"Obviously, they want those tools in order to spy on people of interest, on other countries, to conduct surveillance", Cluley said.

"I think we may have got away with it".

Patients across Kent's hospitals were able to use services as normal over the weekend, after all of the trusts behind them avoided a ransomware attack on the NHS.

Experts urged organizations and companies to immediately update older Microsoft operating systems, such as Windows XP, with a patch released by Microsoft limit vulnerability to a more powerful version of the malware - or to future versions that can't be stopped.

A spokeswoman for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have worked hard to restore our IT systems since the attack last Friday, and it is a significantly improved picture across our hospitals and community services".

Meanwhile, most appointments and operations will be going ahead as normal at Lincolnshire hospitals on Tuesday, May 16 as organisations begin to recover from the affects of Friday's attack.

Their computer systems had been left unsecured and outdated since 2014 but no provisions or backups had been put in place to stop computer hackers taking advantage of vulnerabilities.

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A fifth of regional hospital associations in Britain's National Health Service were affected and several still had to cancel appointments yesterday.

"The advice for patients remains to attend your hospital or GP appointment as usual unless you have been contacted and told not to".

A major incident was declared after NHS Services across England and Scotland were hit by a large-scale cyber-attack on Friday (12 May).

"This is a global attack", he added.

Under former President Barack Obama, the United States government created an inter-agency review, known as the Vulnerability Equities Process, to determine whether flaws should be shared or kept secret.

The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks. "We take cybersecurity seriously".

An interior ministry spokeswoman said about 1,000 computers using Microsoft Windows were attacked but these had been isolated from networks.

Around 200,000 victims in 150 countries have been affected, according to European Union police force Europol, many of them businesses including major corporations such as Nissan, FedEx and Hitachi.

Locally, Seccom Global managing director, Michael Demery said that, individual behaviour as much as controls could prevent attacks and the local spread so far showed Australia holding up well. "This unfortunate blame game may in part be down to the fact that we are in the middle of a general election campaign".

The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said it was important not to engage in "NHS bashing". "It feels like the usual NHS bashing and is unsupported by evidence".

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