Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries - Europol

Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries - Europol

No fewer than 150 countries have so far been hit in the biggest cyber-attack the world has ever witnessed.

It has crippled Britain's health system - with stroke victims unable to undergo urgent surgery because their scans could not be accessed - and affected other businesses around the world.

Investigators are now working non-stop to hunt down those responsible for the Wanna Decryptor ransomware, also known as WannaCry.

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits".

Hospitals, companies, universities and governments across almost 100 countries were hounded by a cyberattack that locked computers and demanded ransom.

He said: "We have been concerned for some time that the healthcare sectors in many countries are particularly vulnerable".

Mr MacGibbon said people should also be backing up their data on a USB or disk that is kept separate and not connected to their computer.

The CCG tweeted: "We are aware of an IT issue affecting some GP computer systems".

The US and Russian Federation were among scores of countries affected by the virus, which forced Barts Health NHS Trust to cancel appointments and divert ambulances from Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone.

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service has been forced to cancel operations today within its hospitals after computers used to share patients' test results and scans with doctors remain frozen.

Meanwhile, Indian Government's cyber security arm CERT-In has alerted vital institutions including RBI, stock markets and NPCI against the latest cyber attack that has infected thousands of systems globally.

More than 120 public bodies will be contacted to ensure their defences are adequate.

In remarks released on Sunday, Brigadier General Jalali pointed to the massive cyber attack and said the ransomware has spread from the NSA and was used on objective. As similar widespread ransom ware attacks were reported in Spain, Romania and elsewhere, experts warned that online extortion attempts by hackers are a growing menace.

- The NHS said it did not have any evidence that patient data had been accessed.

"Patients who have appointments booked for Monday and beyond should attend as planned".

The anonymous specialist, known only as MalwareTech, prevented more than 100,000 computers across the globe from being infected.

"I don't think it's to do with that preparedness".

On Sunday, special advisor to the Australian Prime Minister, Alistair MacGibbon, confirmed that Australia hasn't been significantly affected by the attack, according to a statement release.

As terrifying as the unprecedented global "ransomware" attack was, cybersecurity experts say it's nothing compared to what might be coming - especially if companies and governments don't make major fixes.

Other reports put that number as high as 200,000.

He said the motivation remained unknown but ransomware attacks were normally "criminally minded".

The main challenge was the fast-spreading capabilities of the malware, but he added that, so far, not many people have paid the ransoms that the virus demands.