NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation. Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack. The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus. The same group…

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NHS cyber-attack: No 'second spike' but disruption continues

NHS cyber-attack: No 'second spike' but disruption continues

A “second spike” in cyber-attacks has not hit the NHS but some hospital trusts are suffering ongoing disruption due to Friday’s ransomware attack. Routine surgery and GP appointments have been cancelled across the NHS as it recovers from the global outbreak. Patients have been urged to use the NHS “wisely” as the full impact of the ransomware attack comes to light. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it is “encouraging” there have not been any fresh…

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NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday'

NHS cyber-attack: More ransomware cases 'likely on Monday'

More ransomware cases may come to light on Monday, possibly on “a significant scale”, the UK’s cyber-security agency has warned after a global cyber-attack. The National Cyber Security Centre has advised firms how to protect computers as they start the working week. It comes after Friday’s attack caused disruption in 150 countries. In the UK, NHS hospitals, pharmacies and GP surgeries were the worst-affected. A handful of NHS trusts are still dealing with the problems…

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Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”. The latest virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. There are fears of further “ransomware” attacks as people return to work on Monday. Many…

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Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Media playback is unsupported on your device Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The virus took control of users’ files, demanding payments; Russia and the UK were among the worst-hit countries. Experts say another attack could be imminent and have warned people to…

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Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

Media playback is unsupported on your device Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems, security experts have warned. UK security researcher “MalwareTech”, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”. The virus, which took control of users’ files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russia. In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS…

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NHS 'robust' after cyber-attack

NHS 'robust' after cyber-attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device A total of 48 of England’s NHS trusts were hit by Friday’s cyber-attack, but only six are not yet back to normal, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting, Ms Rudd said “there’s always more” that could be done to protect against computer viruses. She said 97% of NHS trusts were “working as normal” and there was no evidence patient data was affected….

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Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware 'by accident'

Global cyber-attack: Security blogger halts ransomware 'by accident'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A UK security researcher has told the BBC how he “accidentally” halted the spread of the malicious ransomware that has affected hundreds of organisations, including the UK’s NHS. The 22-year-old man, known by the pseudonym MalwareTech, had taken a week off work, but decided to investigate the ransomware after hearing about the global cyber-attack. He managed to bring the spread to a halt when he found what appeared…

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