"WannaCry" Ransomware Attack Causes Disruption Globally - With Worst Yet to Come

Lucky break slows cyberattack; what's coming could be worse

NY [U.S.], May 14 (ANI): The World's biggest cyber attack which has hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries threatens to create more havoc on Monday when people return to work.

British technology experts worked through the night to patch the computer systems of the health service after the ransomware worm forced dozens of hospitals to cancel some operations and appointments, Security Minister Ben Wallace said on Monday. "The global reach is unprecedented", Wainwright said in an interview with Britain's ITV.

Wainwright said he was anxious that the ransomware attack might spread further once people return to work on Monday and log on to their computers.

Europe's police agency said the attack has hit at least 100,000 organisations in 150 countries. "WannaCry" infected computers are frozen and display a big message in red informing users, "Oops, your files have been encrypted!" and demanding about $300 in online bitcoin payment.

Ms Robinson said cyber attacks reinforced the need for everyone to guard against future incidents.

They proposed a plan to improve security that included a replacement of outdated systems "as a matter of urgency", calling the continued use "one of the most pressing issues facing IT infrastructure" in the NHS. "They're processing a lot of sensitive data".

The Russian Interior Ministry and Health Ministry also said earlier in the day that they have "repelled" such attacks as the virus was promptly detected and localized, according to Russian news agencies.

At the height of the attack Friday and early Saturday, 48 organizations in the NHS were affected, and hospitals in London, North West England and Central England urged people with non-emergency conditions to stay.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: "All 10 GP practices affected by the UK-wide cyber attack are now operating as normal with no disruption to appointments and services". But Europol considers ransomware attacks as criminal as few payments had so far been made i response to the attack.

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