Global & Disaster Medicine

A global cyberattack disrupted Britain’s health system and infected computers in dozens of other countries.

Reuters

“…..Pirates encrypted files and demanded staff pay ransoms of $300 (£233) per computer via the digital currency service Bitcoin to regain access.

They warned the sum would be doubled if it was not paid within three days.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of 300 US dollars worth of the online currency Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

It adds: “Maybe you are looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time.”

It demands payment in three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received in seven days the files will be deleted – but there is evidence patient details have been accessed…..”

 


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