Aussies hunker down as WannaCry ransomware attacks escalate

Aussies hunker down as WannaCry ransomware attacks escalate

Sharon Marshall, his former headmistress at Ilfracombe Academy, said: 'He has demonstrated his ability in computing through his conduct over the NHS cyber attack and of that I think we can be all very proud'.

Medical staff across the country had reported seeing computers go down "one by one" as the attack took hold, locking machines and demanding money to release the data. People should continue to use the NHS wisely.

"If people have hospital or GP appointments, they should attend unless told otherwise".

It follows the "ransomware" cyber-attack which left NHS trusts across the United Kingdom without access to IT facilities and patients records.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal yesterday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted. It is these arrangements that ensured we were able to offer our services as business as usual over the period.

"Our incident team continues to work across the system to offer support and advice as required".

GP practices in the North East, which were impacted by the "cyber attack" on the NHS, were unable to use their IT systems for five days between 12-17 May.

HOSPITALS and GP surgeries are returning to normal after cyber hackers shut down computer systems.

A spokesman said: "Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented [the malware attack]".

NHS staff in the region are being thanked for their tremendous efforts to continue providing safe patient care in these hard circumstances - and brining ICT systems back on-line in a planned and safe way to protect patients and the public.

The NHS has warned the appointments at hospitals and GP may be slower than normal while the disruption caused by the ransomware attack subsides.

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA are working with Europol and other worldwide partners to make sure that we all collect the right evidence, which we need to do, to make sure we have the right material to find out who has done this and go after them, which we will", she said.

"As a result of the attack, we will be reviewing and further strengthening our system protection arrangements", the spokesperson said.