>> A large scale cyber attack has plunged the UK's health service into chaos. Computers in hospitals and clinics across the country shut down on Friday, forcing patients to be turned away. Reuter's Allister Smart says it's having a big effect on services across England.>> We're seeing reports that ambulances are being redirected, regular sort of non-emergency appointments are being cancelled.
>> One authority in Lincolnshire is saying he doesn't know how long this is going to last, so they're just cancelling everything until the weekend so they can get everything sorted.>> The National Health Services IT systems and telephone networks appear to have been targeted with some hospitals now operating on an emergency only basis.
>> The ransomware computer attack demands $300 per computer in electronic currency, in order to free files from encryption.>> The ransomware nature of the attack is similar to an incident we've seen unfolding across Spain today. And so even though there isn't a confirmed link at this point, the attack is of a similar nature.
And I said the NHS believes that it's not targeted specifically at healthcare systems in England.>> Patients have reported being turned away, while some are stuck at hospital without access to discharge data. NHS England have confirmed they are aware of the problem, and say they'll release details soon.