Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

England's health service says hospitals hit by 'ransomware' attack

After that, the price would be doubled. The malware demands that hospitals pay by May 15, or all the encrypted files will be deleted by May 19, according to cybersecurity firm Foursys.

The National Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure says Friday it was communicating with more than 100 providers of energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services about the attack.

That group has been leaking pieces of more than a gigabyte worth of older NSA software weapons since August. Now comes word that networks around the world are under attack Friday. The majority are targeted at Russian Federation, the Ukraine and Taiwan but have also hit multiple other countries.

Photo taken with permission from the Twitter page of @fendifille of a computer at Greater Preston CCG as the NHS is investigating "an issue with IT" amid reports of a cyber attack on its systems.

"This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors".

East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust, one of the those affected, said in a statement: "Today (Friday, 12 May 2017), the trust has experienced a major IT problem, believed to be caused by a cyber attack".

The NHS said no private patient data has been stolen.

A member of the armed forces walks across the ambulance entrance outside the Accident and Emergency department of St. Thomas's Hospital, during an NHS (National Health Service) workers strike, in central London November 24, 2014.

Theresa May said the Government is not aware of any evidence that patient records have been compromised in the massive cyber attack on the NHS. It said it was working to resolve the problem.

At least 16 organizations connected to the National Health Service (NHS) in England reported being affected.

The Telegraph & Argus has contacted local NHS providers.

A number of GP surgeries and hospitals across Cumbria have been hit by a computer virus that's forced them to shut down their IT systems.

A reporter from the Health Service Journal said the attack had affected X-ray imaging systems, pathology test results, phone systems and patient administration systems. It's not yet clear if the attacks were coordinated.

The NHS will deal with the attacks by shutting down nearly all of its IT capabilities while it deals with the problem, according to Jamie Moles, a security consultant at the cybersecurity firm Lastline. "Our patients are being very understanding so far". "More widely we ask people to use the NHS wisely while we deal with this major incident which is still ongoing". Particularly those that are providing emergency care. This means that people will have difficulty phoning us for the time being - please bear with us.

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