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'200000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware'

19 Мая 2017

Europol have said that the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, including Russia, China, Japan, Germany and South Korea.

While the NSA has not commented on either the WannaCry attack or Microsoft's response, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security advisor discussed at Monday's daily White House press briefing that the infection rate has been relatively low in the US compared to overseas infection rates, and that no federal systems have been compromised.

In the last 72 hours, more than 261 people have decided they would rather pay the ransom than lose their important files forever, according to trackers analyzing the three known bitcoin wallets.

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.

But Theresa May rejected claims the Government ignored warnings the NHS was vulnerable to a possible cyber attack, saying warnings had been given to hospital trusts.

Large technology ecosystems like the UK's National Health Service, which was heavily disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware, often rely on specific versions of operating systems and other software to ensure interoperability. "We do not think this is the end of the crisis: the hackers have already evolved the malware, and will probably continue to do so".

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

Computers went into lock down on Friday afternoon as the virus meant practices couldn't access essential patient information.

In an interview with The Pharmaceutical Journal, Kerr said the call had confirmed that patient services were not affected by the attack but that a communications issue had been identified.

However, practices across the North East are still asking patients to consider delaying contacting their practice unless they really need to for the next few days to allow time to clear backlogs caused by the attack.

While some practices were not directly attacked by the cyber-attack, some network connections to data servers and the Internet were affected.

The NHS announced on Monday that it was "open for business" but acknowledged that some hospitals and GP surgeries are still suffering disruption.

For one thing, said IBM Security's Caleb Barlow, researchers are still unsure exactly how the malware spread in the first place.

More than 75,000 similar attacks reportedly happened in nearly 100 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan hardest hit, according to the cybersecurity firm Avast.

Cyber security expert Troy Hunt told SmartCompany yesterday that if a business has kept its systems up-to-date, the WannaCry ransomware is a "non-event".

While the NSA has not commented on either the WannaCrypt attack or Microsoft's response, Tom Bossert, President Trump's Homeland Security adviser, said at Monday's daily White House press briefing that the infection rate has been relatively low in the United States compared to other countries, and that no federal systems have been compromised.

'200000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware'