Thames Valley Latest — NHS Cyber Attack

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth was unaffected by the attack.

The attack is estimated to have hit more than 200,000 computers in over 150 countries, and it is feared that the attacks will continue this week as people return to work and turn on their computers.

"There was an impact on appointments and the general operation of the surgeries but they were still open".

"The vast majority of patients have noticed no difference".

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the crisis response committee, or COBRA, Rudd said 48 of 248 health service trusts in England had been impacted by Friday's attack, but that all except six were now functioning normally. "What we don't do in our NHS is micromanage it from the desk", he said.

At the hospital on Friday, patient Patrick Ward had been shaved and had his catheter fitted ready for a long-awaited heart operation when the attack happened.

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".

However there was disruption to the x-ray service.

In England, 47 trusts were victim to the attack and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected.

"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".

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Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Wallace said that IT staff had worked around the clock over the weekend to patch security systems and restore files at NHS trusts across the country.

Since then, concerns had been raised that trusts had been left vulnerable by using the Windows XP operating system, software which has not had any security updates since 2014. This prevented access to records and caused chaos throughout the NHS. After the NHS attack, Microsoft provided a security update for technology running Windows XP.

"These alerts included a patch to protect their systems".

The Office of Civil Rights and the Federal Trade Commission have issued guidance on ransomware, which should be carefully considered by covered entities and their business associates.

Last week, numerous hospitals operated by Britain's National Health Service (NHS) suffered a ransomware event in which hospital computer systems were encrypted, phone lines became inoperable, patients were diverted, and a Bitcoin ransom was demanded.

Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to Mr Hunt to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues" and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration", The Times reported.

Marcus Hutchins, 22, discovered a so-called "kill switch" that slowed the effects of the WannaCry virus as it swept through computer systems around the world.

A young British IT expert hailed a hero for helping to halt the global cyber attack has spoken out - saying he was just "doing my bit".

There are also many other strains of ransomware which cyber-security experts say they are seeing being given new leases of life.

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