NHS is Brought to its Knees in a Global Wave of Bitcoin Ransomware

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The British National Health Service has declared a major incident after cyber-attacks on a number of hospital and GP surgeries across England with 22 hospital known to be affected.

“We can’t access any patient records. Everything is fully computerised. We have no idea what drugs people are on or the allergies they have. We can’t access the appointments system,” Dr Emma Fardon, a GP in Dundee, told the BBC.

Patients are being asked to avoid Accidents Emergency while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being briefed by the National Cyber Security Centre, with the Prime Minister, Theresa May, being kept informed of the situation.

Early reports suggest a global wave of ransomware is related to NSA attacks dumped by The Shadow Brokers. According to reports, several experts have linked this global wave to vulnerabilities released by the Shadow Brokers which recently dumped hacking tools taken from USA’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Attacks have been reported in Spain, US, China, Russia, Italy, Vietnam and Taiwan. The Russian Interior Ministry was affected, according to reports, but while

Read more ... source: CryptoCoinsNews

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