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Volume: 3 Issue: 5
(May 2017)

nhs attack dcms survey highlight cyber security threat 12 may 2017 article finalised latest cyber attack hit headlines spread fear


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NHS attack and DCMS survey highlight the cyber security threat

On 12 May 2017, as this article was being finalised, the latest cyber attack to hit the headlines spread fear across the globe. The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack, estimated to have hit over 150 countries, exploited a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by (and stolen from) US intelligence. Ransomware demanded payments of $300 (£230) to restore access, doubling the fee after three days and threatening permanent deletion after seven. The most high profile victim was the UK’s NHS, with one in five NHS Trusts said to have been hit by the virus. For these organisations the cost was not just financial, with the freezing of patient data leading to the cancellation of operations and disruption to treatment. Coming hot on the heels of major surveys on the impact of cyber security breaches, the attack acts as a wakeup call to UK businesses. In modern business it is a case of when, not if, a business will suffer a cyber attack. Jennifer Agate, Senior Associate at Foot Anstey LLP, considers in this article cyber security in the wake of the WannaCry cyber attack and statistics released by the UK’s Department for Culture Media and Sport (‘DCMS’) in April 2017.

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