NHS cyber-attack / Ransomware Spreading Globally Right Now

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Staff cannot access patient data, which has been scrambled by ransomware. There is no evidence patient data has been compromised, NHS Digital has said.

The BBC understands up to 25 NHS organisations and some GP practices have been affected.

Ambulances have been diverted and there has been disruption at some GP surgeries as a result of the attack.

NHS England said patients in an emergency should go to A&E or access emergency services as they normally would… More at the BBC.

That is so incredibly damaging and can easily put countless ives at risk.

Friday morning, the Twitter account MalwareHunterTeam reported ransomware known as WanaCrypt0r (a WannaCry variant) spreading at an alarming rate. “In less than 3 hours (even can say less than 2 hours if we count it from the explosion), they got victims already from 11 countries.”

Russia, Taiwan and Spain appear to be those initially hit the hardest, but a map of the infections generated by MalwareHunterTeam shows the ransomware spreading to all populated continents, and numerous reports from security researchers indicate that WanaCrypt0r has also found its way into the US… More at Gizmodo.

Looks like it is using a Windows vulnerability.

Do you ever want to turn everything off, disconnect everything and just hide for a few hours?

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