NHS cyberattack: Trusts were told about security patch last month

A spokesperson for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Derriford, said: "Following Friday's cyber attack, patient care is going ahead as planned and patients are asked to attend the hospital for their appointments as normal at Derriford Hospital".

The China Education and Research Network, which operates under the Ministry of Education, said 66 out of 1,600 Chinese universities were affected, mainly due to operating systems not being regularly upgraded rather than any major security shortcomings in university systems. While a United Kingdom security researcher managed to stop the spread of the virus, hackers have issued new versions that cybersecurity organizations are trying to counter and stamp out. "I didn't open any link", she said.

Brian Lord, managing director of cyber and technology at cyber security firm PGI, said victims had told him the hackers offered good service, with helpful advice on how to pay: "One customer said they actually forgot they were being robbed". Microsoft over the weekend also released patches targeting out-of-support versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's president and chief legal officer, said the code used in the attack was originally developed by the US National Security Agency.

"The government's response has been chaotic, to be frank", the British Labour Party's health spokesman Jon Ashworth said. Experts say the attackers have made just over $51,000.

The NHS was among hundreds of organisations affected around the world, with 47 trusts hit.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the government ignored warnings the NHS was vulnerable to a possible attack.

It shouldn't have been a surprise that PCs in the PRC were hit hard by WannaCry: Although security experts have yet to identify the original infection vector, the ransomware spreads rapidly by exploiting Windows vulnerabilities in a baked-in file sharing protocol.

They proposed a plan to improve security that included a replacement of outdated systems "as a matter of urgency", calling the continued use "one of the most pressing issues facing IT infrastructure" in the NHS.

Telefonica, a Spanish telecommunications company, reported that some internal systems were affected, but that its network and services were not disrupted as a result.

Hospitals and GP surgeries in England and Scotland were affected by a ransomware attack, using malware called Wanna Decryptor. By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70 percent of systems were back online.

The cyber attack had a limited impact on some of the x-ray facilities at the hospital, which were temporarily reduced while the machines were repaired. South Korea's presidential Blue House office said nine cases of ransomware were found in the country, but did not provide details on where the cyber attacks were discovered.

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