The NSA told Microsoft about EternalBlue hack used in WannaCry

"More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said.

He added: "That's why we're seeing these numbers increasing all the time".

The group went quiet for a while before resurfacing on 8 April with a new update which it said was in response to President Trump's order to bomb a Syrian airfield. "The current variant will make its way into anti-virus software". In theory, when outsiders find these problems they notify the maker to get them fixed; instead, in some cases they are used to penetrate a computer for criminal or intelligence purposes, as the NSA did.

Chief information and digital officer Peter Knight said the Trust was aware of the attack but that its security systems had held up against it.

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".

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, in a letter to Mr Hunt, said concerns were repeatedly flagged about outdated computer systems.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem", he said.

Donald Trump: Russia says reports US President revealed classified information 'fake'
The revelations could further damage Trump's already fraught relationship with USA intelligence agencies. Trump's tweets , like his subordinates' statements, didn't challenge the Post's reporting.

Following a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said more than a million patients had been treated in the course of Monday.

Cyber security experts said the spread of the virus dubbed WannaCry - "ransomware", which locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries - had slowed but that the respite might only be brief amid fears it could cause new havoc on Monday when employees return to work.

The spokesman played down suggestions the NHS was placed at additional risk because of its use of Windows XP.

Microsoft has introduced a security patch to tackle the situation, and consumers across the globe have been advised to download the solution at the earliest.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center said 2,000 computers in Japan were reported affected so far, citing an affiliate foreign security organization that it can not identify.

"In the meantime, the college has provided our members with guidance and resources to support them through this challenging time and we will continue to monitor the situation and reassure patients that Global Positioning System and their teams are doing all they can to provide safe care".

As a loose global network of cybersecurity experts fought the ransomware hackers, in China, state media said more than 29,000 institutions had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

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