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Government claims NHS followed "pretty good" procedure on cyber-attack

19 May 2017

Although virtually all of the NHS is back to normal, a handful of hospitals and health service providers are still working to resolve issues caused by the cyber attack.

Rob Whiteman, CIPFA chief executive said: "The NHS ransomware attack needs to be a stark reminder for all government organisations to ensure IT security is optimal, regularly reviewed and upgraded, and given the resources to match our reliance on digital systems".

Security agencies are hunting for those behind a crippling "ransomware" cyberattack which has so far hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, including at government agencies, factories and health services.

More than 200,000 people in 150 countries were affected by the ransomware which originated in the United Kingdom and Spain and spread around the world last week.

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Businesses can prevent this by disabling the Server Message Block protocol in vulnerable PCs. "The NHS has been lucky this time but it needs to take stock of where it's at", he said.

The NHS, which was showcased in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, employs more than 1.5 million people, making it the world's fifth biggest employer after the US and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's.

Medway Maritime Hospital's trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust also confirmed it had avoided an attack, as did Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. Some patients have had their appointments cancelled or have been unable to schedule a new appointment. On Monday morning before the BBC interview he was accosted by reporters outside his home, but he cycled away without a reply.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the crisis response committee, or COBRA, Rudd said 48 of 248 health service trusts in England had been impacted by Friday's attack, but that all except six were now functioning normally.

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Nick says: "I would not open an attachment from someone that I didn't know or from someone whom I wasn't expecting an email from, regardless of how legitimate an email looked".

He joked that Mr Hunt had not appeared to answer questions. Monday was the first big test for Asia, where offices had already mostly been closed for the weekend before the attack first arrived.

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The vulnerability was one of many revealed in April by the hacking group Shadow Brokers, which claimed to have stolen the exploits from the U.S. National Security Agency.