England's emergency units open 'as normal' again after cyber attack

England's emergency units open 'as normal' again after cyber attack

Hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in the U.K., China, Russia, Germany and Spain have all been affected. That may be because schools tend to have old computers and be slow about updates of operating systems and security, said Fang Xingdong, founder of ChinaLabs, an internet strategy think tank. It was restoring its advertising servers at dozens of theaters after the attack left the company unable to display trailers of upcoming movies. Japan, Turkey, and the Philippines were also affected.

The global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack spread more slowly on Monday with no major infections reported, as attention shifted to investment and government policy implications of lax cyber security.

"You are dealing with a criminal", he said.

"In addition to protective real-time monitoring of national NHS IT services and systems, which were unaffected by this issue, we are supporting NHS organisations by undertaking cyber security testing and providing bespoke advice and action points".

"The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has been engaging with Australian businesses and industry sectors over the weekend to ensure they are aware of the threat and have taken appropriate measures", the agency said in a statement.

He added: "I would like to thank everyone at the NHS and other bodies who have been working round the clock to deal with this very serious incident and keep any impact on patient care to an absolute minimum". You can change the locks but what has happened cannot be undone.

To decode the files, the hackers were asking for $300 in ransom.

The computer can be infected by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) released a security patch for in March and computers that hadn't updated were still at risk.

Microsoft's top lawyer is laying some of the blame at the feet of the US government.

Insurers remain on alert as security experts warn of a second wave of cyber-attacks following the ransomware assault that hit tens of thousands of computers worldwide over the weekend. It was never meant to make it "out into the wild" but reports indicate the code was stolen from the NSA and leaked online by a group known as the Shadow Brokers.

"The number of victims appears not to have gone up and so far the situation seems stable in Europe, which is a success", senior spokesman for Europol, Jan Op Gen Oorth told AFP. "As you can see from where they targeted internationally, they targeted places which have some of the most modern IT systems you could imagine".

Microsoft distributed the patch two months ago, which could have forestalled much of the attack, but in many organizations it was likely lost among the blizzard of updates and patches that large corporations and governments strain to manage.

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