May 14, 2017

Next cyber-attack could be imminent, warn experts

Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday's global hit that infected more than 120,000 computer systems, security experts have warned. In England, 48 NHS trusts fell victim, as did 13 NHS bodies in Scotland. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday that all but six NHS trusts' systems had been restored, but that "There's always more" that could be done to protect against computer viruses. The virus exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software, first identified by the US National Security Agency, experts have said. A security update - or patch - was released by Microsoft in March to protect against the virus, but it appears many organisations had not applied it or were using an older version of the operating system no longer supported - namely Windows XP. Kingsley Manning, a former chairman of NHS Digital, claimed that several hundred thousand computers were still running the out-of-date operating system.

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