World braces for more cyberattacks

"WannaCry" has disrupted networks in over 150 countries, including Russian Federation and the United Kingdom and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyber attacks in the history.

"We've not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated", he said.

Computer systems were shut down across the area on Friday after the NHS fell victim to a "ransomware" attack.

As of now, as much as 200,000 users from more than 150 countries have come under the cyber attack which started spreading across the globe over the weekend.

This is of particular importance in ransomware attacks.

This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS but it has had an impact on NHS services.

Moorfields Eye Hospital, which employs 2300 staff and operates at 32 sites, confirmed on Monday (15 May) that services across all sites were running as normal after the ransomware outbreak on Friday (12 May).

Riverbank IT Management managing director Malcolm Newdick said: "Last week's ransomware attack was the most unsafe malware attack we have seen".

The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks. He said: "We had no computers and no access to any records".

The UK government has insisted that the NHS had been repeatedly warned about the cyber threat to its IT systems, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon stating 50 million pounds was being spent on NHS systems to improve their security.

The organisation also recommended that trusts ensure security software patches were up-to-date and that up-to-date virus software was also being used.

The health service has been rebuked over the weekend for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft.

NHS Digital said health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the attack. We are obviously working with that business the Australian Cyber Security Centre is engaging with them'.

A number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack (an attack on the IT systems which support NHS services).

Research released earlier this month revealed that Northern Ireland is a hotspot for online financial scams and it is important the message gets out about all types of cyber fraud.

Cheryl McNulty and Scott Wright welcomed their daughters into the world on Saturday morning as NHS Lanarkshire was battling to contain the damage to its IT system caused by hackers.

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