Appointments cancelled at Newham University Hospital after cyber attack

In light of the attack, justice secretary Michael Matheson said the Scottish Government is taking action to enhance security, including contacting more than 120 public bodies to ensure they have appropriate defences in place.

A feared second spike in the attack failed to materialize on Monday but the healthcare system was still disrupted.

In Australia, Alistair MacGibbon, special advisor to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Cyber Security, said some small businesses would likely be hit "but as a whole of nation we can be confident, so far, that we have missed the worst of this".

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, which runs five hospitals in the county including William Harvey in Ashford and Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother in Margate confirmed it had avoided an attack.

He added: "We don't know why criminals targeted the NHS in England and Scotland, railways in Germany and the phone system in the Spain".

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Ms Rudd said the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) were now part of an "international manhunt" to find the perpetrators.

The trust is behind community hospitals including Sevenoaks Hospital and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Herne Bay while also running a number of minor injuries units including the one at Gravesham Community Hospital.

"We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits", Smith wrote.

Company president and chief legal officer Brad Smith in a blog post criticized what he called the "stockpiling" of risky software code by governments which could be exploited by hackers. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Fallon said the Vanguard submarines that carry the deterrent "operate in isolation" when on patrol, implying that they can't be hacked remotely.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017".

Brad Smith wrote in a blog: "We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world".

Smith argued that in cyberspace, governments should apply rules like those regarding weapons in the physical world.

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