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Cyber Attack Hits China Government, Schools, but Spread Slows

Cyber Attack Hits China Government, Schools, but Spread Slows

The NHS was hit by a ransom malware attack on Friday, which is known to have affected about one-third of the 1,384 computers which have so far been checked at Colchester General Hospital.

The Welsh Government said precautionary measures had been taken "to ensure the integrity of the system and we continue to monitor the situation closely".

The source says that thanks to the information published by local media, citizens are on the alert about the existence of the virus to help contain the spreading of the world cyber-attack.

Even when it stopped routinely supporting Windows XP, Microsoft continued to offer support for organisations still using the operating system - for a fee.

But he claimed smaller businesses, many of which he said were "technophobic", and individuals could do more to protect themselves too.

A spokesperson said: "Our IT teams were in over the weekend making sure our systems were robust enough to protect against a possible infection, and our firewall was up to date to prevent such a problem".

The virus took control of users' files, demanding payments. The malicious software was transmitted via email and stolen from the National Security Agency, reports the New York Times.

Britain's biggest health trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs five hospitals in London, said Monday it was continuing to experience some delays and disruption to services.

"It's why we are putting £2 billion [$2.6 billion] into cyber-security over the coming years and, of course, created the National Cyber Security Centre". "Computers that had not been updated with the Microsoft patch were vulnerable to attack".

Security experts including the accidental hero, MalwareTech have said that another unstoppable attack is imminent. But he also said the incident was a "wake-up call" for governments.

There has been a lot of speculation that numerous affected NHS computers and devices were running Windows XP - an old operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft.

"One of the most common methods of infecting computer systems is through links and attachments in emails", Matheson said.

Wainwright said he was concerned that the numbers of those affected would continue to rise when people returned to work on Monday morning.

'Because this would be nowhere near the worldwide spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March'.