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A number of hospital trusts hit by cyber attack

A number of hospital trusts hit by cyber attack

The only people suffering are people that need emergency care.

"Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware". Several British hospitals say they are having major comp.

The company claimed the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services.

Awais Rashid, a professor of software engineering at Lancaster University, said "the key question" to consider is how an attack such as Friday's could originate "from a noncritical system such as email" and then spread to other systems.

"I don't believe it will have been a targeted attack, but will simply have been that the ransomware has sought out those organizations that are running susceptible devices", he said.

Meanwhile, Russian media also reported cyberattacks on the Interior Ministry.

Corporate computer systems in many other countries - including FedEx of the United States, one of the world's leading worldwide shippers - were among those affected.

A source familiar with the matter told Interfax that the ministry did not lose any information in the attacks.

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Spain's largest telecommunications firm, Telefonica, said in a statement that a "cybersecurity incident" occurred Friday that affected the computers at its Madrid headquarters, but it was unclear whether it is linked to the attack in England.

Friday morning, the Twitter account MalwareHunterTeam reported ransomware known as WanaCrypt0r (a WannaCry variant) spreading at an alarming rate.

The Spanish government said several companies had been targeted in ransomware cyberattack that affected the Windows operating system of employees' computers. It said the attack did not specifically target the NHS.

Authorities in Britain have been braced for possible cyberattacks in the run-up to the vote, as happened during last year's USA election and on the eve of this month's presidential vote in France.

It demands payment in three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received in seven days, the files will be deleted, according to the screen message.

As the scale of the security breach became clear on Friday afternoon, ambulances were diverted and patients told to avoid some A&E departments.

"At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. NHS Digital are investigating the incident and across the NHS we have tried and tested contingency plans to ensure we are able to keep the NHS open for business".

The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom seems particularly hard hit, with reports that some patient records have been locked up by the ransomware (though apparently with no request for money to release the data yet), and some instance of ambulances carrying patients being diverted to other hospitals.

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"Seeing a large telco like Telefonica get hit is going to get everybody anxious".

"It looks like hackers are demanding ransom payments, so it might just be a group of hackers with financial motives", he said.

Chris Camacho, chief strategy officer at the cybersecurity firm Flashpoint, confirmed the use of NSA tools in the "clever" attack that used encrypted emails to work around security software and gain access to a networks ripe for exploitation.

"Now that the cyber criminals know they can hit the big guys, they will start to target big corporations".

"For so many organizations in the same day to be hit, this is unprecedented", Wysopal said.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was part of a set of global cyber attacks against "thousands of organisations and individuals in dozens of countries" as it launched a major operation in response.

Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.

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National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked to the public by the hacker group The Shadow Brokers in April. Microsoft on Friday said it was pushing out automatic Windows updates to defend clients from WannaCry.