Cyber-attack hits 74 countries with UK hospitals among targets – live updates

10.44pm BST

Ransomware attacks have been on the rise around the globe, and hospitals are particularly vulnerable, thanks to outdated IT systems and increasing reliance on electronic health records.

The BBC reported in April that the NHS hospital trusts in England saw 55 cyber attacks in 2016.

10.17pm BST

Global courier company FedEx has been infected by the ransomware.

“Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible. We regret any inconvenience to our customers.”

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Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits 74 countries around the world

More than 45,000 attacks recorded in countries including the UK, Russia, India and China may have originated with theft of ‘cyber weapons’ from the NSA

A ransomware cyber-attack that may have originated from the theft of “cyber weapons” linked to the US government has hobbled hospitals in England and spread to countries across the world.

Security researchers with Kasperksy Lab have recorded more than 45,000 attacks in 74 countries, including the UK, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Italy, and Egypt. In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefonica were infected.

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