WannaCry is the ransomware which has quickly spread across NHS workers computer systems. This happened Friday afternoon into Friday evening. With NHS workers unable to access computer systems and patient records, many have had to divert patients to other hospitals.
NHS Digital have said: “it doesn’t appear that the attack has compromised any patient data” however with wide spread system outages and the ransomware still spreading itself on to other computers within the network, who knows what type of damage this has caused.
Today Twitter users have started to report further ransomware attacks around the world in places like airports, schools and hospitals. Increasing pressure on authorities to try and stop this widespread attack quickly.
But how did basic ransomware like this make it’s way on to NHS computer systems? Well more than likely this was down to complete human error.
The NHS has been a continual target of these types of attacks for years now, in fact NHS staff are regularly tricked into malware and ransomware attacks by NHS IT security staff.
This allows IT security teams to make NHS workers more aware about opening unknown documents and inserting unknown USB devices into NHS computer systems.
However somewhere along the line, this ransomware did manage to get onto an NHS system and spread itself to other systems.
If you’ve become a victim of the WannaCry ransomware attack, don’t panic and don’t pay.
Turn off your system to stop any further attacks to other systems or computer and take your computer to be fully restored by an accredited IT professional.
Your local data may be lost as a restore may be required however most people now keep regular backups of files within the cloud. Once your computer has been restored, it’s well worth downloading a free antivirus program on to your desktop i.e. AVG 2017.