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Hospitals 'no longer turning patients away' as NHS recovers from cyber attack

17 Mai 2017

On top of that, the NSA would likely be able to claim that it is shielded from liability under the doctrine of sovereign immunity, which says that the government can not be sued over carrying out its official duties.

Regarding the attacks across the rest of the country Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, attended a Cobra committee meeting on cyber-security on Monday.

"Intranets in many industries and enterprises involving banking, education, electricity, energy, healthcare and transportation have been affected in different extents", CNCERT said.

Friday's attack has reignited the debate over whether or not governments should disclose vulnerabilities they have discovered or bought on the black market.

"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", Smith wrote in a blog post.

Smith went on to describe the situation as the equivalent of U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles getting stolen from military stockpiles.

Some 47 NHS trusts fell victim to these ransomware attacks resulting in devastating consequences for some patients, as operations were cancelled and medical records held for ransom.

"I'd even say this update probably already happened", he added.

The attack, known as "WannaCry" had a key influence across Asia with Chinese state media saying nearly 30,000 institutions had been infected.

United States package delivery giant FedEx, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit in the attacks, which demanded money to allow users to unblock their computers. The software first infected Britain's National Health Service (NHS) before spreading to as many as 150 countries.

Secondly, people must update their systems. "The global reach is unprecedented", said Europe's policing director Rob Wainright. "We've seen that the slowdown of the infection rate over Friday night, after a temporary fix around it, has now been overcome by a second variation the criminals have released".

Meanwhile, "WannaCrypt" locked up machines, encrypted files and demanded approximately $600 in Bitcoin for a recovery key. Given the current regulatory environment, it's the responsibility of these companies themselves, with their enormous financial resources, to track down these gaps in the security of their products, paying to acquire information if necessary.

The only real security from ransomware is backups and solid security best practices.

Ms Rudd said the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) were now part of an "international manhunt" to find the perpetrators.

Microsoft effectively confirmed what many analysts have stated, that the ransomware known as "WannaCry" was created to exploit NSA software that was leaked earlier this year by a group calling itself Shadow Brokers.

The attack therefore spread faster than previous, smaller-scale ransomware attacks.

The ransomware targets all versions of Windows before the Windows 10 if they have not been patched for MS17-10.

At the same time, Weber noted that the attack could prompt more people to shun digital technology and turn back to analog systems that can't be hacked.

Hospitals 'no longer turning patients away' as NHS recovers from cyber attack