On Friday, following cyber attacks throughout Europe, affecting the federal health system in Great Britain, clearly used a hacking device from the NSA.
The cyber attack utilized ransomware that is a virus that encrypts information and locks a user from their data till they’ve paid a ransom. The device that was released by an organization also known as Shadow Brokers had been taken from the National Security Agency as being part of a wide range of devices unlawfully released last year.
Microsoft claimed that it had rolled out a patch to amend the problem, but some targets that also include hospitals in Britain, have still not updated their systems.
The virus was sent as an email with a document and, from there, it was widespread. A spokesperson for N.H.S. Digital, Tom Donnelly, stated that the assault was still underway and that the group was “made aware of this afternoon,” it was revealed in an interview with The New York Times.
The attack resulted in phone lines collapsing, appointments being postponed and patients to be rejected, but no proof so far has been reported of patient information being penetrated.
Many photographs were posted on the social media pointing out the ransomware that was required for $300 in Bitcoin.
NHS Digital that monitors cybersecurity in Great Britain stated that the assault did not particularly aim for the NHS and “is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors.” Ultimately, 16 NHS groups stated they had been influenced.
In addition, several Spanish companies had also been affected via a ransomware attack. Spain did not say which companies were affected, but Telefonica, a telecom giant said it had detected an incident which affected some of its employees.
Moreover, some Spanish firms had also been influenced through a ransomware attack. Spain failed to list all the companies that were influenced, but Telefonica, a telecom juggernaut, stated it had spotted an incident that influenced some of its workers.
Hospital administrator NHS Merseyside took to Twitter to post that “following a suspected national cyber attack, we are taking all precautionary measures possible to protect our local NHS systems and services.”
Bart’s Health, which also operates some hospitals in London, activated its major incident strategy that involved canceling routine appointments and diverting ambulances to other hospitals.Be sure to let us know what you think about this in the comment section and share this story on Facebook and Twitter to spread the news.