Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

  • Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

Security wonks are calling it the biggest cyberattack ever.

The virus, known as WannaCry, infected over 20,000 computers in 150 countries.

According to The Washington Post, the "ransomware" breached and locked down victims' computers and even threatened to delete their files unless they pay $300 in bitcoins.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of 300 USA dollars worth of the online currency Bitcoin, threatening to delete files within seven days. That's why it's called ransomware.

The tech giant has placed the blame on governments, saying that their decision to store date on vulnerable software made it possible for this data to be accessible for hackers. Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations.

Consumers are also at risk.

Europol said more than 200,000 computers around the world had been affected over the weekend in what it said was "an unprecedented attack".

Some hospitals were compelled to cancel treatments and appointments, and divert ambulances to other sites as authoroties try to deal with the situation.

NHS organisations across the country are warned that this software is likely to hit again today as staff return to work.

Anyone who hasn't updated their Windows PC recently.

The cyber attacks 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. Not only will this ensure none of your files are damaged or lost if you are affected by a computer virus, you also can't be held to ransom if you've got the data somewhere else. Install Microsoft's patch. 3. Install all Windows updates. 5.

A young British cyber security expert who thwarted many attacks was hailed as a hero after he triggered a "kill switch" by buying and activating a domain that the malware had been programmed to connect infected computers to.

Hospitals and clinics across the country were forced to turn away patients on Friday after the mass-distributed ransomware virus caused them to lose access to their computers.

A United Kingdom cyber-security researcher known as "MalwareTech", who was responsible for helping to limit the attacks, predicted that there would be "another one coming... quite likely on Monday".