Scottish NHS health boards escape major cyber disruptions

"The NHS has been lucky this time but it needs to take stock of where it's at", he said.

Experts say the attackers might get more than $1 billion from the scam, although as of Saturday, only $33,000 was deposited into several Bitcoin accounts associated with the ransomware.

"I don't think I'm ever going back to the MalwareTech that everyone knew", he added.

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", he told BBC radio.

The healthcare system in the United Kingdom is reeling from a ransomware attack.

After cancelling operations for a number of days, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Chorley and Preston hospitals, is now advising patients to attend appointments as normal from today.

The smaller Liberal Democrats party highlighted the government's decision in 2015 not to extend a technical support deal with Microsoft for Windows XP systems, saying it had left Britain "defenceless".

European governments and companies appeared early Monday to have avoided further fallout from a crippling global cyberattack, the police agency Europol said.

"All GPs surgeries did open, though some of them had to use pen and paper", said Ms Rudd.

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the U.S. giant.

The region's NHS is keen to reassure people that the majority of services are running, however there has been disruption for some planned patient care. "It has been a very strong response", she said.

"The NHS has continued to treat patients throughout the weekend".

"The way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks", Britain's National Cyber Security Center said Sunday. In the case of this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch weeks before the attack hit, which would have protected systems by not permitting the ransomware to take hold.

"At this stage, it does seem like that we have missed the major impact of this ransomware incident", Tehan said on Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.

"In particular, making sure that our data is properly backed up and making sure that we are using the software patches, the anti-virus patches, that are sent out regularly by manufacturers".

A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said: "We are absolutely confident patient data was not breached by this cyber attack".



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