Chinese Authorities Call to Take Measures After Global Cyber-Attack

Cyberattack havoc may grow at week's start

John Clark, professor of computer and information security at the University of Sheffield, said the attack should act as a wake-up call for the health service and for businesses and individuals to defend themselves adequately against so-called "ransomware".

"I would warn patients, if they made an appointment or anything else on Friday, there is a good chance it hasn't been logged, so I would urge them to contact us again".

The cyberattacks started Friday and spread rapidly around the globe using a security flaw in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, an older version that is no longer given mainstream tech support by the USA giant.

The attack has also hit 150 countries around the world since Friday.

The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack.

The health board said no patient data was leaked during the attack, which affected three computers in total, and claims revealing the identities of the practices could highlight them as targets for future hacks.

"All GP practices affected will be returned to normal operational status by today".

SHANGHAI-"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at almost 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted.

"We are planning to continue as we have today but can not confirm when our computers will be back working".

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The British government defended its cyber-security policies on Monday in the aftermath of an unprecedented malware attack.

"The NHS has continued to treat patients throughout the weekend".

"Over the last 18 months, we have reduced the proportion of devices in the NHS that use the most vulnerable platform - XP - from 20% to less than 5%", he said, but he admitted "lessons would be learned". Microsoft released a security update in March to protect computers from the virus.

NHS Digital said health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the attack.

"We take cyber security seriously", said May, who was responsible for domestic security for six years as home secretary before becoming prime minister last year.

"This is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here on the United Kingdom".

"IT directors are underfunded and have so many projects to deal with take the NHS from being paper to digital, they can't keep up with all the tasks they have".

The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks.

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