Global cyber attack hits hospitals, schools and companies; India among countries hit

  • Global cyber attack hits hospitals, schools and companies; India among countries hit

Global cyber attack hits hospitals, schools and companies; India among countries hit

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said teams were "working round the clock" in response to the attack. The cyber criminals asked for $300 to $600 to restore access. The attack froze computers at hospitals across the country, with some cancelling all routine procedures.

At least 16 (and maybe as many as 40) NHS organisations across the country were hit by a devastating attack, which shut down computer systems and demanded a ransom.

It is believed that as many as 45 NHS organisations in the United Kingdom are under a "cyber-attack" and East Cheshire NHS has confirmed that it is one of the organisations experiencing "IT disruption".

The attacks - which experts said affected dozens of countries - used a technique known as ransomware that locks users' files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual currency Bitcoin.

Dickson said the malware itself, which exploits a flaw in Windows, was not new but that adding the ransomware "payload" made it especially risky.

The NSA had developed the "Eternal Blue" weapon to gain access to computers around the world but the tool was stolen and leaked by Shadow Brokers. "We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible", a FedEx statement said.

The BBC understands about 40 NHS organisations and some medical practices were hit, with operations and appointments cancelled.

Companies around the world, including at least one major USA company, were hit by a sophisticated cyberattack on Friday that continues to sweep across the globe. But Villasenor said there is "no ideal solution" to the problem.

"This is not targeted at the NHS, it's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected", British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Meanwhile, media in Britain reported Saturday that the Japanese vehicle builder Nissan said its factory in Sunderland, northeast England had been affected by the ransomware attack on computer systems.

She added: "Nobody underestimates the difficulty in dealing with cyberattacks".

Cybersecurity firm Avast said it tracked more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries Friday. CNN has not independently confirmed that number.

Markus Jakobsson, chief scientist with security firm Agari, said that the attack was "scattershot" rather than targeted.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will chair a Cobra meeting today at 2.30pm.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to chair an emergency meeting as tech experts work to disrupt an global cyber attack which has crippled NHS services across the country.

"We are very aware that attacks on critical services such as the NHS have a massive impact on individuals and their families, and we are doing everything in our power to help them restore these vital services", he said.

A statement from East Cheshire NHS said: "Like other NHS organisations we are experiencing IT disruption in some areas of the trust".

In Asia, some hospitals, schools, universities and other institutions were affected, although the full extent of the damage is not yet known because it is the weekend.

In an article published in the British Medical Journal, Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, said hospitals "will nearly certainly be shut down by ransomware this year".

At St. Bartholomew's Hospital in central London, Sean, who did not want to give his last name, said he noticed problems with the network as soon as he arrived. "And some of them may not be well-prepared for such attacks", Camacho said. Some patients may face longer delays where their practices' computers have been affected by the cyberattack.

Answer: The attack spread would have been based on how many target machines the attackers had in their database.

A senior nurse with NHS Lanarkshire in Scotland posted a video on Twitter appealing to members of the public "to stay away from acute hospitals unless it's an absolute emergency situation" while its IT systems are affected.

"It is a terrible lesson about why using supported software, and keeping that software updated, is so important", he said.

There's no word yet as to whether this attack has spread to computers in South Africa.

He said the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems.