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

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SOME x-ray services at Basingstoke's North Hampshire Hospital are closed today (Monday) following the national cyber attack that hit parts of the NHS last week.

More than 200,000 victims in 150 countries have been registered so far, with warnings the impact could spread further on Monday.

They proposed a plan to improve security that included a replacement of outdated systems "as a matter of urgency", calling the continued use "one of the most pressing issues facing IT infrastructure" in the NHS.

Doctors surgeries in Tayside affected by the UK-wide NHS cyber-attack are now "operating as normal".

A virus took over files and demanded $300 (£230) payments in order to restore access to them.

On the other hand, computers running on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 had received the security update back in March 2017.

"We have recently invested in upgrading IT to protect potentially vulnerable NHS Wales systems and all GP systems in Wales are managed and supported centrally, with best practice security controls".

Other government officials have come out to say that the NHS has been repeatedly warned of such an impending attack. Hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in Britain, China, Russia, Germany and Spain have all been affected.

'There has been a report to the Australian Cyber Security centre of one instance of what we believe could be this ransomware, ' she told reporters in Cairns.

Barts Health, which runs the hospital, was among a fifth of the country's NHS trusts to have its computers infected by ransomware.

A United Kingdom cyber-security researcher known as "MalwareTech", who was responsible for helping to limit the attacks, predicted that there would be "another one coming... quite likely on Monday". New versions of the worm are expected, the experts said, and the extent - and economic cost - of the damage from Friday's attack were unclear.

Rob Wainwright the chief for Europol, said on ITV that the world is facing an escalating threat and he is concerned as to the level of attacks for Monday morning, as people return to work.

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.

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