No second spike in cyber attacks is 'encouraging' - British minister

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However, some planned surgery and some outpatient appointments will be continuing at all of our hospitals.

Call 111 for free for advice, or visit your pharmacist. The Trust's IT specialists are working hard to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

More than 200,000 victims in 150 countries have been registered so far, with warnings the impact could spread further on Monday.

He added that the company had released a Windows security update in March which would have prevented the sort of attack seen on the NHS, but that many users failed to obtain it.

Though the spread of the ransomware slowed Monday, many companies and government agencies were still struggling to recover from the first attack. On Monday, the Japanese electronics maker Hitachi, a prominent Korean theater chain and the Chinese government said their systems had been affected.

It may have stopped the malware from spreading to millions more computers.

The NHS, which was showcased in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, employs more than 1.5 million people, making it the world's fifth biggest employer after the United States and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's.

Around a fifth of NHS trusts were hit in the attack, forcing them to postpone operations and procedures over the weekend. Blackpool Victoria Hospital was not one of them.

National incident director Dr Anne Rainsberry said: "Patients are no longer being diverted away from hospital accident and emergency units and, while there is still some disruption in a small number of areas, most patients are being treated as normal".

As cybersecurity firms worked around the clock to monitor the situation and install a software patch, new variants of the rapidly replicating malware were discovered Sunday.




Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, said: "We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Computers that had not been updated with the Microsoft patch were vulnerable to attack".

The order came as West End bosses representing stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis today asked for an urgent summit with police experts on how to protect themselves from a new attack. Labour said it had not heard "a dickie-bird" from the Tory MP, while the Liberal Democrats said the government had been "treating the NHS and its staff like dirt".

"The government's response has been chaotic, to be frank", Labour's health spokesman Jon Ashworth said.

In a blog post on Sunday, Microsoft President Brad Smith appeared to acknowledge that the ransomware attack used a hacking tool built by the US National Security Agency which leaked online in April.

MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up halting it.

He also warned hackers could upgrade the virus to remove the "kill switch" that helped to stop it.

Among those affected by the virus was Nissan, but the vehicle manufacturer said there had been no major impact. The blackout at the NHS was triggered by the ransomware program WannaCrypt.

"Infrastructure budgets have been raided, have been cut back, which has meant hospital trusts have not been able to spend the money on upgrading their IT systems", he said. So even if the recent ransomware attack acts as a necessary wake-up call, there's still a perceived safety net.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting in Italy, said Saturday the attack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity.

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