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Ibec calls for more funding to protect businesses following cyber attack

Ibec calls for more funding to protect businesses following cyber attack

Yesterday's surveillance uncovered ransomware viruses, different from the current threat, which had previously tried to hack into three hospitals.

The HSE said that the disruption to patient care has so far been minimal.

The widespread lockdown of the HSE's email system prevented the service's main computer network from being infected with the global "WannaCry" ransomware virus, despite thousands of attempted attacks from the worldwide cyber virus.

There were three suspected cases in the HSE of the Wannacry malware by midday on Monday, but in each case it proved to be an older virus for which protection was available.

More than 200,000 institutions and organisations were infected by the "WannaCry" virus which struck in the United Kingdom and Spain first on Friday before spreading around the world.

We have all seen how badly the NHS across the pond in the United Kingdom was affected by the WannaCry ransomware virus with operations being cancelled and patients not sure when they will be rescheduled.

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The National Cyber Security Centre has been coordinating the State's response to the threat from the fast-spreading malicious software and has issued a series of advisory notices to Government departments and agencies.

The NHS was one of many major global organisations affected, with 47 trusts hit.

Precautions included removing the facility from incoming email list and removing the affected hardware from the system and placing patches on remaining equipment. On Saturday, the health service cut off all external email communication, meaning staff could not send or receive emails from outside of the HSE's internal network.

"We ask anyone who has reported a child protection concern by email since Friday, or who has a concern about a child, to contact their local social work duty team immediately".

The WannaCry ransomware virus infiltrates computers when users inadvertently download it by clicking on links or attachments in unsecure emails.

Chief Information officer with the HSE, Richard Corbridge says they are trying to ensure all staff are aware of the risks as they return to work today.

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