NHS Digital: Trusts sent fix that would have protected them

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

"Our priority has been to restore our radiology services, and like other Trusts affected working with NHS Digital, we will continue to do all we can to protect our systems for the future".

"While Microsoft's release of back-ported patches is a commendable proactive action, the ACSC considers organisations running Windows XP, Server 2003 and other unsupported operating systems to be exposed to extreme risk", the organisation said in a statement.

The fallout from an unprecedented global cyberattack which has hit more than 200,000 victims could worsen as people return to work, European and British policing and security agencies warned.

President Vladimir Putin denied Russian Federation, which has been accused of cyber meddling in several countries around the world in recent years, had anything to do with an attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers.

It was not immediately clear whether those services were suspended due to attacks, or for emergency patching to prevent infection. Meanwhile, a security researcher in the United Kingdom discovered a "kill switch" in WannaCry, further mitigating its impact. "It has been a very strong response", she said.

At least one strain of the ransomware has proven especially vicious.

Shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected.

You may be able to recover some files using a free utility called ShadowExplorer, which locates "shadow" backups made as part of normal Windows processes.

Officials say they're aware of those problems.

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It shouldn't have been a surprise that PCs in the PRC were hit hard by WannaCry: Although security experts have yet to identify the original infection vector, the ransomware spreads rapidly by exploiting Windows vulnerabilities in a baked-in file sharing protocol.

The UK government has insisted that the NHS had been repeatedly warned about the cyber threat to its IT systems, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon stating 50 million pounds was being spent on NHS systems to improve their security.

Nissan: The carmaker said in a statement that "some Nissan entities were recently targeted" but "there has been no major impact on our business".

"It seems that a lot of internet security guys over the weekend did their homework and ran the security software updates", he said.

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), for example, took some 20,000 gas stations offline early Saturday, forcing customers to pay in cash as credit card purchases could not be processed.

At a hospital in Norfolk, eastern England, staff were told on Monday they could still only view x-rays in one room, while pharmacy services were being restricted as computer systems were upgraded. The central bank reportedly said those monitoring the cyberattacks found "no incidents compromising data resources of banking institutions".

Industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd. said the attack had affected its systems at some point over the weekend, leaving them unable to receive and send e-mails or open attachments in some cases. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection".

It was the ransomware attack heard 'round the world.

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