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Beware of ransomware cyber attack in SA

19 May 2017

She added: "The IT systems of a small number of GP practices across Tayside, which operate independently of NHS Tayside's systems, were affected, and our eHealth team are working with these practices to resolve this issue".

While investigations continue, other cyber security companies are warning that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Over 200,000 infections in at least 150 countries have been recorded, including one in a system in a voluntary run healthcare facility in Wexford, which has been isolated.

The NHS has provided an update about planned treatment and outpatient appointments following the ransomware attack on its IT systems.

"Overall, the USA infection rates have been slower than the rest of the world, but we may still see significant impacts in additional networks as these malware attacks morph and change", said Bossert.

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She added: "NCSC and NCA are working with Europol and other worldwide partners to make sure we all collect the right evidence, which we need to do to make sure we have the right material to find out who has done this and we go after them".

"Appropriate economy-wide policy responses are needed", the ministers said in their draft statement, seen by Reuters.

Microsoft released patches last month and on Friday to fix a vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across networks, a rare and powerful feature that caused infections to surge on Friday.

Some victims were ignoring official advice and paying the $300 (10,350 baht) ransom demanded by the cyber criminals to unlock their computers, which was due to double to $600 on Monday for computers hit by Friday's first wave.

Security minister Ben Wallace said that the NHS had followed "pretty good procedures" in dealing with the attack.

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However, Wainwright said so far "remarkably few" payments had been made by the victims of the attack.

Services are returning to normal, but some places are still having problems. The so-called ransomware attack appears to exploit a weakness that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency and leaked to the internet.

"Once they're let out of the lamp, genies of this kind, especially those created by intelligence services, can later do damage to their authors and creators", he said.

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service has been forced to cancel operations today within its hospitals after computers used to share patients' test results and scans with doctors remain frozen.

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