Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

UK's health service limps back to normalcy after cyberattacks

"'On Monday morning at the start of the new working week it's likely that successful attacks from Friday that haven't yet become apparent will become apparent", he told the Press Association.

Experts think it unlikely to have been one person, with criminally minded cyber crime syndicates nowadays going underground and using ever more sophisticated encryption to hide their activities.

Australia and New Zealand appeared to have escaped largely unscathed as they woke up for their first business day since a massive ransomware worm hit thousands of computer systems around the world, disrupting operations at hospitals, shops and schools.

An NHS IT worker told the Guardian that users experienced a "bitcoin virus pop-up", demanding payment before they could access their PCs.

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"At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's cyber security adviser, Alastair MacGibbon, said on Sunday there had been one confirmed incident in Australia, but warned it was likely more computer systems would eventually be hit.

"The public can help us at this busy time by choosing alternatives to A&E, such as pharmacy services and NHS 111, if they have non-life threatening conditions".

Teams have been working at the unnamed North-east surgeries over the weekend to get systems back up and running.

Microsoft President Brad Smith, in a blog post Sunday, said the attack is a "wake-up call" for governments in the United States and elsewhere to stop stockpiling tools to exploit digital vulnerabilities.

Australians have been warned to update their virus software after a cyber attack has struck hospitals and companies around the world.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal on Tuesday (May 16), the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

The PM's spokesman said Government officials were meeting during the day to guide the response to the attack, and added he was not aware of any additional problems coming to light as staff returned to work.

Winchester and Andover have so far not been affected.

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