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NHS systems returning to normal after cyber attack

19 May 2017

There is a more "complex emerging picture" of the cyber-attack that hit Britain's National Health Service - and other parts of the world - over the weekend.

On Sunday Europol raised concerns that WannaCry will spread even further on Monday when many people turn on the work pc for the first time since the outbreak.

BLOOD tests will resume at hospitals across mid Essex following the NHS cyber attack last week.

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.

The attack locked computers in hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in the U.K., China, Russia, Germany, Spain and the United States.

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The spokesman for Dorset CCG said: "We are pleased to confirm that the Ransomware attack has had little impact on the health community in Dorset, however we continue to be vigilant".

The NHS has announced that computer systems at GP practices across the North East are back online following a cyber-attack.

But Opposition parties have criticised the government, saying they had cut funding to the NHS IT budget and a contract to protect computer systems was not renewed after 2015.

The flaw was discovered by the National Security Agency.

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.

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In a statement following the second meeting of Holyrood's resilence committee after the largest-ever global cyber attack last Friday, it was confirmed there had been no spike in hacking incidents after organisations returned to work yesterday.

Proofpoint and a British cybersecurity researcher teamed up on Friday to derail the attack that was said to strike at least 100,000 organisations in 150 countries. It encrypts data on infected computers and demands payment before the information is unencrypted.

The NHS has warned the appointments at hospitals and GP may be slower than normal while the disruption caused by the ransomware attack subsides.

The free patch was issued by Microsoft in March, one month before a link to it was sent to staff by NHS Digital.

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