Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

The internet connection was back up yesterday and the hospital said patients, who were still able to text or phone, weren't affected over the weekend. Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations.

Ransomware type attacks are not new to Zimbabwe, and in fact we'll explain in another article how this type of cyber-attack has been on the increase locally.

It was feared that NHS workers returning after the weekend would experience another spike in attacks as the malicious software could have infected more computers since Friday.

Dozens of state-run NHS hospitals were hit by a global cyber attack last Friday, many closing their doors to emergency cases and cancelling life-saving operations and routine appointments.

Health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the crippling ransomware attack, NHS Digital has said.

"We will get a decryption tool eventually, but for the moment, it's still a live threat and we're still in disaster recovery mode", the report quoted Europol Director Rob Wainwright as saying. Once clicked, it takes encrypts users' hard drivers, blocking them from accessing it and any files it contains.

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"Although we have never seen anything on this scale when it comes to ransomware attacks, they are relatively common and there are things that you can do, that everyone can do, all of us can do, to protect ourselves against them", he said.

It says the latest virus exploited flaws in Microsoft Windows identified by and stolen from U.S. intelligence services.

The minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security, Dan Tehan, said that government agencies and the nation's critical infrastructure have not been affected by the malware campaign.

Companies were being encouraged to update their Microsoft systems so the software isn't vulnerable to malware like WannaCry, which puts a lock on computers, steals its data, and then demands payment in Bitcoins before later destroying the data it collected.

"We're obviously working with that business, the Australian Cyber Security Centre is engaging with them".

Problems with cyber security in the NHS was highlighted previous year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times reported.