No second cyber attack made on NHS

No second cyber attack made on NHS

"We take cyber security seriously", she said, while highlighting the global nature of the attack.

Doctors across the country described their dismay as their computers suddenly stopped working on Friday, leaving them with no access to patients' x-rays, blood test results or medical histories.

In the wake of the attack, Microsoft released a patch for computers running older operating systems, including Windows IX, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003.

The cyber attacks, using malicious software to hold workers hostage by freezing their computers, started on Friday and first wreaked havoc on some 47 NHS organisations before spreading to more than 100 countries across the world.

"It would not be very hard at all to re-release this ransomware attack without a kill switch or without an approved kill switch that only they can activate".

Security minister Ben Wallace said that the NHS had followed "pretty good procedures" in dealing with the attack.

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", he told BBC radio.

The NHS has provided an update about planned treatment and outpatient appointments following the ransomware attack on its IT systems.

A young British IT expert hailed a hero for helping to halt the global cyber attack has spoken out - saying he was just "doing my bit".

They were also told health boards had put extra teams in place to support staff and that work has taken place to recover NHS systems. The organization that oversees United Kingdom hospital cybersecurity said that last month it alerted the trusts about the Windows vulnerabilities and sent a patch to fix it.

"There are clearly going to be some small businesses impacted ... but as a whole of nation, we can be confident so far that we've missed the worst of this".

Additionally, experts warn that copycats could also try another attack.

He said the NHS was particularly vulnerable as it is such a large organisation and the virus only needed "one point of entry".

It was leaked as part of a document dump, according to researchers at the Moscow-based computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.

"IT directors are underfunded and have so many projects to deal with take the NHS from being paper to digital, they can't keep up with all the tasks they have".

"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.

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