Cyber attack: NHS Tayside returns to normal

NHS computer systems are returning to normal after the ransomware cyber attack, health secretary Shona Robison has said.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to chair a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee at the Cabinet Office on Whitehall on Monday to assess progress on dealing with the attack.

She added: "The IT systems of a small number of GP practices across Tayside, which operate independently of NHS Tayside's systems, were affected, and our eHealth team are working with these practices to resolve this issue".

"The National Cyber Security Centre and the NCA (National Crime Agency) are working with Europol and other global partners", said Rudd.

Hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service were infected on Friday, forcing them to send patients to other facilities.

BLOOD tests will resume at hospitals across mid Essex following the NHS cyber attack last week.

Yesterday, Jeremy Hunt told the BBC the National Crime Agency was investigating the incident that saw NHS computers locked down and money demanded from the attackers to unlock the files.

In a statement dated Sunday, Qihoo 360 said the ransomware had spread particularly quickly through higher education, affecting more than 4,000 Chinese universities and research institutions.

The Basildon and Brentwood CCG said GP surgeries are also following protocol and working to keep any impact on patients to a minimum - with appointments running as normal.

Shona Robison confirmed to the Scottish Parliament that 1500 computers across 13 health boards were targeted in the ransomware attack.

The Lister Hospital, which is run by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, is one of the last two still affected.

"We have not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated and so I think that is encouraging", he told Sky News.

"This ransomware attack is a wake-up call to all Australian businesses to regularly back up their data and install the latest security patches", Mr Tehan said.

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.

Smith said that Friday's attack demonstrated how cyber security was becoming a shared responsibility between customer and supplier.