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NHS Cyber attack still causing problems

NHS Cyber attack still causing problems

Several hospitals and health facilities in the NHS network suffered internal chaos after being hit with a hacking technique known as ransomware, which also affected institutions in more than 100 countries.

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"All GPs surgeries did open, though some of them had to use pen and paper".

"The vast majority of it should be there".

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was unaffected by the attack.

"Police Scotland are investigating the attack, working closely with the National Crime Agency which is leading the UK-wide law enforcement investigative response".

"We will get a decryption tool eventually, but for the moment, it's still a live threat and we're still in disaster recovery mode", Europol director Rob Wainwright told CNN's Becky Anderson on Sunday, adding that the number of cases was still rising. "Which we will", she said.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said some out-patient appointments had been cancelled on Monday, especially at Selby War Memorial Hospital, but most were not affected.

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Problems with cyber security in NHS organisations were highlighted previous year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned that issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times said.

Wallace said the government used to contract for computer services across the entire NHS but that in 2007 that was stopped and left to the individual trusts.

But on Tuesday afternoon the trust confirmed the services would return to normal tomorrow morning.

News of the attack first hit on Friday when NHS staffers reported they were unable to access their IT systems and posted pictures online of computer screens showing a ransomware message.

Furthermore, priority has been given to maintaining patient safety and ensuring patient data is not compromised.

A cyber virus which caused turmoil within the NHS could have been much worse, a computer expert at the University of Sheffield has claimed.

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Security firms are encouraging companies and users to make sure they install the official patch from Microsoft.

Health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the crippling ransomware attack, NHS Digital has said.


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