NHS chiefs and Europol warned of possible fresh disruption from the global cyber-attack when workers switch on their computers for the first time at the start of the working week.
The pan-EU crime-fighting agency said the threat from the attack was escalating and predicted the number of “ransomware” victims was likely to grow across the private and public sectors.
Many of England’s 8,000 GP surgeries have been closed all weekend following the attack, which started on Friday afternoon
Surgeries were sent a bulletin on Sunday advising them what to do if they discover their computers have been hacked and how to get support from NHS Digital and the National Cyber Security Centre, which is handling the response.
Speaking about the impact of the malware attack, which not only disrupted patients and doctors at one in five NHS trusts but also hit companies around the world from Australia to Russia, the director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, said: “The numbers are going up. I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on on Monday morning. The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many of those will be businesses including large corporations.”
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