Services return to normal after cyber-attack at the weekend

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The indiscriminate attack began Friday and struck banks, hospitals and government agencies around the world, exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.

The trust is behind community hospitals including Sevenoaks Hospital and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Herne Bay while also running a number of minor injuries units including the one at Gravesham Community Hospital. I would like to thank all of the NHS staff who are working round the clock to rectify this and keep any impact to an absolute minimum. Some staff had been forced to revert to pen and paper and use their own mobiles after the attack affected key systems, including telephones.

Experts said they are working round-the-clock to restore the IT systems of NHS after they were hit by a large-scale cyber-hack by an global criminal gang that wreaked havoc around the world and whose ransomware affected 99 countries over the weekend, including India.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs Darent Valley Hospital, confirmed it had not been affected by the virus. "Machines were shutting down but no clinical information was affected", he said.

"As a result of the attack, we will be reviewing and further strengthening our system protection arrangements", the spokesperson said.

'Our security partners have been closely monitoring the situation and will continue to do so.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has said all patients should attend their booked outpatient appointments and operations "as planned tomorrow (Tuesday) after 'significant progress" has been made in restoring IT systems following Friday's cyber attack.

"This is a wake-up call for the NHS but also more generally to businesses around the country".

"On Monday morning at the start of the new working week it's likely that successful attacks from Friday that haven't yet become apparent will become apparent", he told the Press Association. The press release adds that the police, industrial authorities and the sectors of computer technology, education, banking and cyber-space, as well as some computer security companies, have already taken measures to respond to the attack.

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