Blood tests to resume at NHS cyber attack hospitals from tomorrow

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The cyber attack which hit the NHS was a ransomware attack which encrypts files on a user's computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made.

"T$3 his attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers", Smith said in his blog post.

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

Justice secretary Michael Matheson said: "Friday's attack has highlighted the need for everyone to have appropriate and robust measures in place to protect against cyber-attacks which could strike any IT system at any time". "It is deeply disturbing the National Security Agency likely wrote the original malware".

In a White House press briefing today, Bossert said less than $70,000 has been paid in response to the cyberattacks.

Technology powerhouse Microsoft have also responded by re-releasing security updates for older versions of their Windows software in order to mitigate further outbreaks.

NHS Tayside had the highest number of GP practices (ten) affected by the attack.

Thousands of computers and other Microsoft-based systems in Europe and Russian Federation had already fallen victim to the ransomware attack, reported ABC News.

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On Sunday night, Microsoft slammed the United States spy agency that had originally developed software that allowed the ransomware attack to infect computers.

Megafon: A spokesperson for Russian telecommunications company Megafon told CNN that the cyberattack affected call centers but not the company's networks.

FedEx confirmed in a statement to Reuters on Friday that it had been affected by the prominent malware attack that targeted businesses around the world.

National Health Service: At least sixteen NHS organizations have been hit, according to NHS Digital.

The commission had been tasked by Hunt with identifying threats to patient data.

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.

"Over the last 18 months, we have reduced the proportion of devices in the NHS that use the most vulnerable platform - XP - from 20% to less than 5%", he said, but he admitted "lessons would be learned".

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