Trusts were told about security patch last month — NHS cyberattack

Experts: Cyberattack havoc could grow as work week begins

China appeared over the weekend to have been particularly vulnerable, raising worries about how well the world's second largest economy would cope when it opened for business on Monday. "People may have updated their security systems over the last hours", Europol said.

The WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack hobbled Chinese traffic police and schools on Monday as it rolled into Asia for the new work week, while authorities in Europe said they were trying to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

"This as not targeted at the NHS, it's an worldwide attack, and a number of countries and organizations have been affected", she said.

"IT Teams have been working all weekend however Computer systems will remain suspended tomorrow as a precaution whilst cyber-attack issues at our sister sites are dealt with".

Flexera published research showing nearly 9.9 per cent of Australian PC users had unpatched Windows operating systems in the first quarter of 2017, which was worse than the 7.5 per cent last quarter and 5.9 per cent this time a year ago.

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is the world's fifth largest employer after the US and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's.

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money from the user to release it.

Just one click on an infected attachment or bad link would lead to all computers in a network becoming infected, said Vikram Thakur, technical director of Symantec Security Response. The exploit was leaked last month as part of a trove of US spy tools.

The blame game has already started.

Microsoft President Brad Smith said: "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call". Bossert said the USA hasn't ruled out involvement by a foreign government, but that the recent ransom demands suggest a criminal network. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". This was the first large scale ransomware attack to utilize Bitcoin as a payment option.

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"That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time.

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He concluded:"The NHS wasn't held to ransom... if you exclude Microsoft".

While many trusts across Yorkshire were unaffected, some were forced to suspend internet access to staff and block incoming external emails until software patches, which update a computers' immunity' were deployed.

Deutsche Bahn: The German railway company told CNNMoney that due to the attack "passenger information displays in some stations were inoperative" as were "some ticket machines".

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG are still experiencing IT problems.

Tim Stevens, a lecturer in global security at King's College London, warned that the incident should be a wakeup call to both the public and private sectors to incorporate security into computer systems from the ground up, rather than as an afterthought.

Qihoo had previously said the attack had infected close to 30,000 organisations by Saturday evening, more than 4,000 of which were educational institutions.

"We are aware some bodies, which range from practices to trusts, may have suspended selected systems purely as a precautionary measure", a spokesman said. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection".

About 1,000 computers at the Russian interior ministry had been affected, a spokeswoman for the ministry told Interfax news agency.

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