X-ray services at Basingstoke hospital hit in NHS cyber attack

Friday's cyberattack hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries, the head of the European Union's police agency says, adding he fears the number will grow when people return to work on Monday and switch on their computers.

But Europol considers ransomware attacks as criminal as few payments had so far been made i response to the attack.

"The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries".

"On Monday morning at the start of the new working week it's likely that successful attacks from Friday that haven't yet become apparent will become apparent", he told the Press Association.

A statement released by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Monday said: "We can confirm that the radiology services affected by the national cyber attack at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital have been restored".

The apparent chink in the NHS's defences led to criticism of the Government, with the Liberal Democrats demanding an inquiry.Labour's shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, in a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said concerns were repeatedly flagged about outdated computer systems.

"We put aside £50 million specifically for cyber security and for the NHS".

"We warned them, and they were warned again in the spring".

In Perth, Senator Scott Ludlam warned Australians to keep their computers up to date against such threats and hit out against cyberweapon creation by the US.

The Europol chief said his agency was working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to find those responsible, and that more than one person was likely to be involved.

"Ibec has previously called for adequate resourcing of the National Cyber Security Centre and the implementation of a cyber security programme. Or we could potentially see copycats mimic the delivery or exploit method they used".

The virus also has a wormlike features that looks for other vulnerable systems once it's embedded in your computer, which means it can spread to other computers in a network.

BLOOD tests at hospitals across Mid Essex are "unavailable" after the NHS was hit by a cyber attack last week.

The US parcel delivery giant Fedex or the Spanish telecom company Telefonica have also been affected.

Wainwright said Europol had been concerned about cyber security in the healthcare sector, which deals with a lot of sensitive data, but declined to comment on whether Britain's National Health Service had been adequately funded.

They should immediately update their Windows operating system and back up their data.

The 22-year-old told the BBC it was very important for people to patch their systems as soon as possible.

Security experts said it appeared to be caused by a self-replicating piece of software that enters companies when employees click on email attachments, then spreads quickly as employees share documents.

  • Arturo Norris