- Report: Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits over 74 countries
- This is not targeted at the NHS, it’s an international attack, says Theresa May
- NHS England declares major incident after ransomware blocks access to patient records, internal phones and emails
Ransomware attacks have been on the rise around the globe, and hospitals are particularly vulnerable, thanks to outdated IT systems and increasing reliance on electronic health records.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.
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.”