Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

14 May 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland.



Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems, security experts have warned, according to a report on BBC.

Speaking to BBC, UK security researcher “MalwareTech”, who helped to limit the ransomware attack, predicted “another one coming… quite likely on Monday”.

The virus, which took control of users’ files, spread to 100 countries, including Spain, France and Russia.

In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland.

Some hospitals were forced to cancel procedures and appointments, as ambulances were directed to neighbouring hospitals free from the computer virus.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday that all but six NHS trusts’ systems had been restored, but that “there’s always more” that could be done to protect against computer viruses.

After taking computers over, the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 (£230) in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user.


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