Sheffield professor's advice on how to protect yourself — NHS cyber attack

"All GPs surgeries did open, though some of them had to use pen and paper", said Ms Rudd.

"The vast majority of patients have noticed no difference".

Authorities are saying that because the ransom demands involve only a few hundred dollars per machine, the group responsible is probably not very sophisticated.

European policing and security agencies said the fallout from a ransomware attack that has already crippled more than 200,000 computers around the world could deepen as people return for another work week.

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Barts NHS Trust is still experiencing disruption to their service and they have posted a statement on their website: "If you are not contacted and you are due to attend one of our hospitals for treatment on Monday 15 May then please attend as planned".

A cyber virus which caused turmoil within the NHS could have been much worse, a computer expert at the University of Sheffield has claimed.

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But speaking publicly for the first time since the cyberattack, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that "according to the latest intelligence we have not seen a second wave of attacks".

The organisation also recommended that trusts ensure security software patches were up-to-date and that up-to-date virus software was also being used.

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Liz Capp-Gray, acting director of health informatics at Medway Foundation Trust, said: "I can confirm that we have not, so far, been directly targeted by the WannaCry ransomware attack".

The health service has been criticised for using the outdated Windows XP operating system to store digital information, despite security updates for the software having been discontinued by Microsoft.

Last night, she said: "The concern is that on Monday morning the appointment system may not be working, some places may not be able to access routine results, even the phone lines in some cases may not be working".

"We have recently invested in upgrading IT to protect potentially vulnerable NHS Wales systems and all GP systems in Wales are managed and supported centrally, with best practice security controls. This guidance was also reissued on Friday following the emergence of this issue".

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has said all patients should attend their booked outpatient appointments and operations "as planned tomorrow (Tuesday) after 'significant progress" has been made in restoring IT systems following Friday's cyber attack.

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