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Ransomware cyber attack 'likely to spread rapidly on Monday'

Ransomware cyber attack 'likely to spread rapidly on Monday'

More than 75,000 similar attacks reportedly happened in nearly 100 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan hardest hit, according to the cybersecurity firm Avast.

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.

'It might be that they're just being very quiet because they don't want to instil a lack of trust in their system, ' she said.

"The NHS has been lucky this time but it needs to take stock of where it's at", he said.

Ms Rudd said the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) were now part of an "international manhunt" to find the perpetrators.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, national incident director at NHS England, added: "There are encouraging signs that the situation is improving, with fewer hospitals having to divert patients from their A&E units".

BLOOD tests will resume at hospitals across mid Essex following the NHS cyber attack last week.

"Staff are working hard to ensure that the small number of organisations still affected return to normal shortly".

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

Major companies that includes sixteen National Health Service organsisations in the U.K. FedEx, telecom companies Telefonica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation were also hit. Over the weekend, the hospital was able to accept patients from other hospitals which were affected - including Broomfield, in Chelmsford, and Colchester - while continuing to maintain a good service thanks to staff across the hospital trust pulling out all the stops to keep it up and running.

"The affected company doesn't fall under critical infrastructure, it's not a medical or health service and it is not a big company", he said.

Further victims were expected, the Prime Minister's cybersecurity adviser Alastair MacGibbon told ABC radio last night.

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.

Microsoft, which on Friday took the unusual step of issuing a custom security update for users whose systems no longer receive regular support, has urged users with older versions of Windows to patch the vulnerability as soon as possible.

NHS Digital said it had made health trusts aware last month of IT protection that could have prevented the damage.