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Britain to arrest criminal behind NHS cyber attack: Home Secretary

Britain to arrest criminal behind NHS cyber attack: Home Secretary

'It's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected, ' British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

The cyber attack that crippled NHS computer systems is the biggest of its kind ever launched, security chiefs have said.

Over 200,000 infections in at least 150 countries have been recorded, including one in a system in a voluntary run healthcare facility in Wexford, which has been isolated.

Another major cyber-attack is imminent after Friday's global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems and could come on Monday, a security researcher warned on Sunday. "The global reach is unprecedented", Wainwright said in an interview with Britain's ITV.

An NHS IT worker told the Guardian that users experienced a "bitcoin virus pop-up", demanding payment before they could access their PCs.

However, the North East NHS continues to ask the public to avoid using hospital and GP services for minor illness and ailments unless they really need to.




Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it has not been affected by the attack but Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust communications manager Roy Probert said the trust is still remaining vigilant.

After concerns were reported about three hospitals, cyber security analysts said an older virus had been found.

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other worldwide partners", said Rudd.

A British cyber expert was hailed an "accidental hero" after he registered a domain name that unexpectedly stopped the spread of the virus, which exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software.

Problems with cyber security in the NHS was highlighted past year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times reported.


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