The NHS was hit by ransomware on Friday, known as "WannaCry", a lot more ransomware cases are expected on Monday due to people going back to work and accessing their systems.
The WannaCry Ransomware locks computers and demands £230 in Bitcoin, or their files on their systems will be deleted within 7 days. On Friday over 200000 systems had been affected by this attack and still continues to affect more systems as the days pass. According to a Bitcoin analysis more than £33000 in ransom has already been paid.
Seven out of 47 trusts affected by the attack are still seeking emergency support. Patient data seems to be uncompromised but slow service continues as the problem is being resolved.
From all the systems affected, it is the NHS, Pharmacies and GPs that were hit the hardest. Many hospitals and GPs had no choice but to shut down their IT systems entirely.
Because of this a lot of surgeries were cancelled and ambulances were diverted to A&E, many medics were unable to access patient records and had to divert to using pen and paper
Currently the NHS is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England in order to help organisations and recommend appropriate moderations.
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