Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

Experts think it unlikely to have been one person, with criminally minded cyber crime syndicates nowadays going underground and using ever more sophisticated encryption to hide their activities.

Security Minister Ben Wallace has said that NHS trusts have enough funds to protect against cyber-attacks, and that the "real key" was in regularly backing up data and installing security patches.

The following screen pops up when people have been hacked by the "Wannacry" virus.

Computer systems were shut down across the area on Friday after the NHS fell victim to a "ransomware" attack. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other worldwide partners", said Rudd.

It was too early to say what the overall cost of the attack to the public purse would be, the spokesman said.

The NHS is far from the only healthcare system vulnerable to such attacks, though.

The cyber attack which hit the NHS was a ransomware attack which encrypts files on a user's computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made. However, many organizations - including hospitals - had not appropriately updated their systems.

In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the online extortion scheme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "we have not seen a second wave of attacks".

"If your business has been infected you should isolate the affected computer from your network to prevent the software spreading and use backup data to restore information".

When asked if Apple users can not be affected by such cyber-attacks, Aleksandr Yampolskiy, chief executive officer and founder of SecurityScorecard, said on Squawk Box that it is a common misconception. On Monday night the government said the ransomware - also known as Wana Decryptor, WannaCrypt and Wana - had affected eight Australian businesses, an increase from the "at least three" figure the government had claimed that morning. The organization that oversees United Kingdom hospital cybersecurity said that last month it alerted the trusts about the Windows vulnerabilities and sent a patch to fix it.

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