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Why ‘WannaCry’ Malware Caused Chaos for National Health Service in U.K.
NBC News

Why would doctors rely on computers running ancient software?

Last week’s worldwide cyberattack potentially put lives at risk by paralyzing computers at state-run medical facilities across the U.K. — including many using discontinued Windows XP.

Thousands of operations and appointments had to be canceled as the “WannaCry” malware threatened to delete crucial files unless ransoms of $300 and $600 were paid.

It may seem obvious that hospitals would have robust cybersecurity strategies to prevent any such disruptions. However, the National Health Service (NHS) is a radically different beast from the U.S. healthcare system.

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