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Ambulances diverted to North Mid Hospital following crippling cyber attack

Ambulances diverted to North Mid Hospital following crippling cyber attack

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.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said the outbreak could continue to infect more systems and other victims may emerge.

BLOOD tests at hospitals across Mid Essex are "unavailable" after the NHS was hit by a cyber attack last week.

Experts expressed concern that there would be a resurgence in attacks when people return to work.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal yesterday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

The attack has hit more than 75,000 computers in 99 countries.

On Sunday night, Microsoft blamed the United States spy agency that had originally developed software that allowed the ransomware attack to infect computers.

'We're not talking about a government organisation or a hospital or anything like that.

An NHS IT worker told the Guardian that users experienced a "bitcoin virus pop-up", demanding payment before they could access their PCs.

Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan said on Sunday the government received reports of the private sector being impacted, but not commonwealth organisations.

A feared second spike in the attack failed to materialize on Monday but the healthcare system was still disrupted.

It said: 'There were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority through this worldwide malware incident was to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data - and this was done very successfully.

"We would also recommend that businesses and industries join the local Cyber Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) so they can receive the most up to date threat and mitigation information to help protect their cyber security".

The indiscriminate attack began Friday and struck banks, hospitals and government agencies, exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.


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