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UK NHS Staff Failed to Prevent Cyberattack by Timely Security Patch Setup

16 May 2017

A fifth of regional hospital associations in Britain's National Health Service were affected and several still had to cancel appointments on Monday, as doctors warned of delays as they can not access medical records. Tests and scans have been delayed, and patients reported being left in agony because pain relief prescriptions were frozen.

Britain's biggest health trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs five hospitals in London, said Monday it was continuing to experience some delays and disruption to services.

Professor Clark said more information on protecting your computer was available via the IT security company Sophos and the National Cyber Security Centre, among other sources.

"It has been a very strong response", she said.

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President Vladimir Putin denied Russian Federation, which has been accused of cyber meddling in several countries around the world in recent years, had anything to do with an attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers. "We thank people for the patience and understanding they have demonstrated since Friday's attack took place".

Though a British security researcher "MalwareTech" managed to stop the spread of the virus, hackers have issued new versions that cybersecurity organisations are trying to counter. On Monday morning before the BBC interview he was accosted by reporters outside his home, but he cycled away without a reply.

Rudd was speaking after chairing a meeting in Whitehall, London, of the government's main emergency committee, known as Cobra.

"Cyber security is more important than ever and this has been a typical example of a lack of investment in the NHS".

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The attack held users hostage by freezing their computers, popping up a red screen with the words, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and demanding money through online bitcoin payment - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. "This is just another example of the extraordinary lengths all of you go to every day to keep our country healthy", he told the crowd at the Royal College of Nursing. "I'm sure he'll be pitching up anytime soon", he said.

The total spend by health boards in 2016/17 on IT investment and cyber-attack protection was £257m, the Scottish Government says.

Donald Cameron, the Scottish Conservatives' shadow health secretary, demanded assurances that systems are upgraded given that out-of-date software has been raised as a possible reason for the attack's success. Last week Mr Hunt was confronted about reports that nurses working for the NHS resorted to using food banks.

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UK NHS Staff Failed to Prevent Cyberattack by Timely Security Patch Setup