Ransomware Attacks Hit Organizations Globally
A string of ransomware attacks, including a major attack on hospitals across the United Kingdom, were reported this week by organizations across a number of countries. In addition to the U.K. incidents, the BBC cited reports of ransomware attacks in countries including the U.S., Spain, Italy, Russia, China, and Vietnam. The attacks on National Health Service hospitals in the U.K. locked up IT and phone systems, and led hospitals to discourage visits by patients except in cases of emergency. In Spain, telecom firm Telefonica was among those reporting it had been affected by a cyberattack. Many of the attacks involved demands of Bitcoin payments in order to unlock computer systems, the BBC reported.