So far, UI untouched by 'WannaCry' ransomware cyberattack

Dame Fiona and the Care Quality Commission wrote to Mr Hunt to highlight a "lack of understanding of security issues", the newspaper said, and that "the external cyber threat is becoming a bigger consideration". Victims were told the ransom would rise to $600 within three days.

Ransomware is malware that encrypts your files and makes it impossible to access the contents of your computer or system.

"This is what we saw in the United Kingdom, at the NHS", Prof Warren says.

Microsoft patched the flaws in March when it issued MS17-010, one of its last-ever security bulletins.

"But people are very bad at patching and updating their systems".

"The cybercrime market is really innovative", he added, "and they are quick to take advantage of vulnerabilities". Security firm Kaspersky Lab said that similarities between a version of the ransomware code and a programme used by the hacking group were "the most significant clue to date".

Lieu, who noted on his Web site that he is "one of only four computer science majors serving in Congress", supports changing the vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) to ensure greater transparency in how the federal government notifies software companies about bugs it identifies.

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"Because of cost, the NHS was still running those obsolete systems", Prof Warren says.

The company had already been supporting it longer than it normally would have because so many customers still used it and the effort was proving costly. Note this means that the backup can't be on your computer but should be in the cloud or on an external hard drive.

WannaCry was launched on Friday 12 May, and over the weekend had affected more than 200,000 IT systems worldwide.

Pharmacists have an obligation to maintain patient records securely, especially when considering solutions for back-up storage of such information, he said.

The previous guidelines were retired in December 2015.

Labour's shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, in a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said concerns were repeatedly flagged about outdated computer systems.

The bitcoin payments might offer the best bet for tracking the perpetrators, said Dr James Smith, chief executive of Elliptic, which analyses transactions on the blockchain - the key part of bitcoin that logs who spent what. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past", it said. Sophisticated ransomware usually has an automated way to accept payments from victims who want to unlock their computers. Phishing is just general emails sent out to a global email spamming list.

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The evidence suggests that the unknown attackers had only one goal: profit.

Computer users across the world are powering on the next wave of a global cyber attack.

However India has said that its vital computer systems largely escaped unscathed because the state organisation that manages nearly all government websites installed patches to immunise its Windows systems.

It also may never be known how much the hackers have netted from the ransomware attack.

But pharmacies can still lose enormous goodwill over the perception that health data is not safe, Prof Warren warns.

Although the ransomware continued to spread at a more subdued pace yesterday, many companies and government agencies were still struggling to recover from the first attack. "If you're a small business, to lose that trust can have a catastrophic impact and your business could potentially dry up".

The banks predicts the attack will prompt folks to upgrade, which is a good thing for Microsoft because it will increase the number of new Office 360 Commercial subscriptions.

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"So it's a case of seeking advice from an IT professional to resolve it". If you just take a sampling of local companies that start with "C", you'll come across Carbonite (which offers online backup), CounterTack (endpoint security), and Cybereason (endpoint/behavioral monitoring).

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