Computer virus spreads from Spain to UK

Screenshot of the virus alert

 CYBER-ATTACK on the NHS in the UK caused a number of operations to be cancelled and emergency patients diverted.

Computer systems in different hospitals, health authorities and clinics were attacked simultaneously and a virus pop-up message similar to those received by the Spanish bank BBVA, Telefonica, Vodafone and a growing list of others in Spain.

A message told users to pay $300 (€275) in bitcoins to be able to access their PCs which is similar to demands received by the companies in Spain.

Bitcoin’s current value is $1,754 (€1,605), so the ‘ransom demand’ may be difficult to comply with.

The Spanish National Cryptological Center (CCN) confirmed shortly after the attack on Telefonica the virus has affected a “large number of organisations.”

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