Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

North East GP practice computer systems are back online

North East GP practice computer systems are back online

Ransomware is normally targeted at businesses and important individuals who are generally perceived to have more to lose if they don't pay the ransom.

The source says that thanks to the information published by local media, citizens are on the alert about the existence of the virus to help contain the spreading of the world cyber-attack.

They were among many victims of an indiscriminate global attack that has struck hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide by exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.

The recent global cyber attack has affected more than 200,000 people - so should you be anxious about your own online security?

Speaking to ITV's "Peston on Sunday", Europol director Rob Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate across the private and public sectors.

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

The news came after staff at Europe's biggest hospital were warned on Monday not to switch on their computers as the NHS battled to recover from the crisis. Once clicked, it takes encrypts users' hard drivers, blocking them from accessing it and any files it contains.

In total 47 NHS organisations reported being affected - and the disruption has continued into the new working week.

But Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the Government ignored warnings the health service was vulnerable, and said the Government was putting £2bn into cyber security.

"It's why we are putting £2 billion [$2.6 billion] into cyber-security over the coming years and, of course, created the National Cyber Security Centre".

Specifically pointing to USA intelligence agencies, Smith said the worldwide hack "provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem".

The latest malware, called WannaCrypt or WannaCry, is spread by taking advantage of a Windows vulnerability that Microsoft released a security patch for in March.

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