According to Chris Foxx report, the NHS services across England and Scotland have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack that has disrupted hospital and GP appointments.

The prime minister said the incident was part of an untargeted wider attack affecting organizations globally.   As a result, some hospitals and GPs have not been able to access patient data, computers were locked by Ransomware grogram demanding a payment worth of £230.


It is reported that about 40 NHS organizations and some GP practices have been hit, but there is no evidence patient data has been compromised. So far there is no indication of who is behind the attack. Especially the hackers demanded their payment in the virtual currency Bitcoin, which is harder to trace.


 Reports indicate that more than 70 countries were infected with this cyber attack, but the Spanish telecoms company, which owns mobile network O2, said it had detected a “ cyber security incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.  NHS digital said the attack was believed to have been carried out by the malware variant Wanna Descriptor.  


Dr Afzal Ashraf, an expert on cyber-security who has previously worked as an adviser to the government, told the BBC it was likely that the malware was spreading when NHS services shared documents and information. He also said that he thought it was unlikely the attackers had deliberately targeted the NHS. 

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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