'Ransomware' cyberattack cripples hospitals across England

NHS computers down after virus - patients told to avoid hospital and walk-in centre 'unless absolutely necessary'

NHS computers down after virus - patients told to avoid hospital and walk-in centre 'unless absolutely necessary'

The cyber-security firm Kaspersky has said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing.

Hospitals and doctors' surgeries in parts of England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments.

"The Trust is postponing all non-urgent activity for today and is asking people not to come to A&E - please ring NHS111 for urgent medical advice or 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency".

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust in London said it was experiencing "major IT disruption" and delays at all four of its hospitals.

Spain's National Cryptologic Center, which is part of the country's intelligence agency, said on its website that there had been a "massive ransomware attack" against a large number of Spanish organizations affecting Microsoft Windows operating system.

A spokesman for NHS Digital spokesman, which manages health service cyber security, said: "At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed".

"But if the us military can get hacked then of course the NHS can be as well".

"The National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with NHS digital to ensure that they support the organizations concerned and that they protect patient safety", she continued.

He said many of these systems were too old to patch and that many NHS Trusts did not spend enough time on technical best practices and audits, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of potential cyber attacks, including ransomware.

As of this afternoon, 16 facilities with the NHS, which is the publicly funded health care system for England, had reported that they were affected by what appeared to be a large-scale cyberattack.

The ransomware is believed to be linked to National Security Agency hacking tools that were leaked by a group that called itself the Shadow Brokers, according to Avast, a Czech security company that is following the fast-moving attack.

One healthcare worker tweeted a picture of a computer screen with a pop-up window from the Wanna Decryptor program that read "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and included a instructions on how to send a $300 ransom payment.

Images that were posted online of the NHS pop-up look almost identical to pop-up ransomware windows that hit Spain's Telefonica, a powerful attack that forced the large telecom to order employees to disconnect their computers from its network and to resort to an intercom system to relay messages, according to Bleeping Computer.

A staff member who works at NHS Bury CCG's offices on Silver Street said a virus had infected the computer system. Officials say it is unclear if the attacks were coordinated.

NHS Digital, which oversees hospital cybersecurity, says the attack used the Wanna Decryptor variant of malware, which holds affected computers hostage while the attackers demand a ransom.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre and its National Crime Agency were looking into the United Kingdom incidents, which disrupted care at National Health Service facilities.

Now comes word that networks around the world are under attack Friday.

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