X-ray services at Basingstoke hit by cyber attack

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With 200,000 victims across 150 countries, including the NHS from Friday's ransomware attack, the sheer speed and scale at which a cyber attack can manifest is phenomenal.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG are still experiencing IT problems.

"NCSC and NCA are working with Europol and other global partners to make sure we all collect the right evidence, which we need to do to make sure we have the right material to find out who has done this and we go after them".

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He added: "This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about Dollars 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device.

However there was disruption to the x-ray service.

"Scottish Government health officials are now working closely with affected boards to assess the extent of the problem, and take steps to isolate affected systems, which have been affected by a Ransomware cyber-attack of the kind which has also affected health trusts in NHS England".

The British government said 48 of 248 health service trusts - the bodies that run the hospitals - in England had been impacted by Friday's attack. It is not clear why it took so long for NHS Digital to send it, or why so many trusts failed to update their systems once notified.

In a statement on Twitter the trust said: " We are in a period of recovery, having come out of a major incident following the ransomware attack on Friday.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the government ignored warnings the NHS was vulnerable to a possible attack.

At Broomfield Hospital, part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Midlands & East), trauma patients are being diverted to Southend University Hospital.

HSE staff are being asked to turn on but not log onto their PCs for two hours this morning to allow checks to take place, and also to think before they click.

"Local and national partners are working closely together to minimise any further risk including ensuring anti-virus software is up to date, software patches are installed where needed and information is available for staff".

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"T$3 his attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers", Smith said in his blog post.

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