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ibusinesslines.com October 23, 2017


Doctor's surgery is hit by cyber-attack

20 May 2017, 02:28 | Jodi Jackson

More than 200 000 victims in 150 countries and regions were afflicted by the attacks with Russian Federation and the United Kingdom the worst hit.

European auto factories and Russian banks were also affected by the attack, which blocks computers and threatens to delete the locked files unless a ransom is paid.

The ransomware attack has been described as the largest-ever of its kind.

A spokesperson for NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG and NHS Greater Preston CCG said: "We are working with our GP practices to understand the extent to which they have been affected by the cyber attack and IT engineers are supporting practices to get their systems back up and running as quickly as possible". The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about Dollars 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device.

"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".

"WannaCry" has disrupted networks in over 150 countries, including Russian Federation and the United Kingdom and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyber attacks in the history.

However, on a campaign visit to Oxfordshire in southern England Monday, May pointed to a £1.9 billion investment in cyber security across government promised previous year.


Fortunately, a 22-year-old British researcher and 20-something American security engineer discovered a "kill switch" and unregistered domain that halted the attack, reports the Associated Press.

The health service has been rebuked for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft. Bloomberg saysthat the hackers have made as much as $50,000 from the ransomware.

"We are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003", wrote Phillip Misner security group manager at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRM), in a blog post.

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

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the U.S. giant. Unfortunately, the patch won't help computers that are already infected.

Security experts said a second wave of the attack could affect employees across the globe again, starting Monday and even spilling into the rest of the week. Additionally, NBC News is reporting that at least two new variations of the malware have been detected that skirt over the temporary fix.



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