UK hospitals hit with massive ransomware attack
A massive ransomware attack has shut down work at 16 hospitals across the United Kingdom. According to The Guardian, the attack began at roughly 12:30PM local time, freezing systems and encrypting files. When employees tried to access the computers, they were presented with a demand for $300 in bitcoin, a classic ransomware tactic.
The result has been a wave of canceled appointments and general disarray, as many hospitals are left unable to access basic medical records. At least one hospital has canceled all non-urgent operations as a result.
According to a statement from the National Health Service, the culprit is a ransomware strain known as Wanna…