A&Es 'fully open' again — NHS cyber attack

Cyber security minister Dan Tehan confirmed an Australian organisation had been affected and told Sky News there are reports of two other instances where this software may have been used. Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp.in the U.S.

United States package delivery giant FedEx, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a non-profit group providing support in computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected.

"Hardening a system can be described as turning off unnecessary services and capability so they are not available to be targeted", Burnette said.

Renault said it halted manufacturing at plants in France and Romania to prevent the spread of ransomware.

She said computers using Windows 2003 and 2007 were mainly affected and "only a small number" were running XP.

A nationwide hack on the NHS servers had brought chaos and confusion to the trust - leaving many ambulances backed up at A&E, doctors unable to carry out certain procedures such as x-rays and scans and fears that private patient data had been stolen.

Patients arriving at Dharmais Cancer Hospital had to wait several hours while staff worked with paper records.

Some of those who have paid the WannaCry ransom have regained control of their computers, security researchers say. "It's like after a robber enters your home". Symantec found 64% of Americans are willing to pay a ransom, compared to 34% globally.

Mr Hutchins, from Devon, has been credited with stopping the WannaCry attack from spreading across the globe by accidentally triggering a "kill switch".

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Many suspected infections were of Russian computers.

"The software isn't up to date and so is vulnerable", he said.

But the hackers do not appear so far to have been well rewarded: only about $50,000 has been transferred to their online wallets so far, according to Elliptic Labs which tracks transactions using the internet currency bitcoin.

"Ransomware is following the same trajectory as phishing", said Phillip Hallam-Baker, an expert at the digital security firm Comodo.

"The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said. Brad Smith criticized US intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency, for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

One large British bank said they had drafted people in to work over the weekend, having been subject to a similar attack earlier this year.

Companies and governments spent the weekend upgrading software to limit the spread of the virus. We are obviously working with that business the Australian Cyber Security Centre is engaging with them'.

Tarun Kaura, Director -Product Management - Asia Pacific Japan, Symantec said, "In 2016, we identified over 100 new malware families released into the wild, more than triple the amount seen previously, and a 36% increase in ransomware attacks worldwide".

Story by Yuri Kageyama and Louise Watt.

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