Worm carried ransomware has hit many NHS trusts, with some hospitals having most PCs infected. The ransomware encrypts files and the deletes originals.
Many hospitals have been forced into using pen and paper for prescriptions and other paperwork.
It is using an exploit that was released recently following The NSA security breach in the US. The breached was apparently patched by Microsoft in all systems post Windows XP - it exists in XP but MS no longer patching that system (and it appears that some NHS machines are still using XP)
The issue has hit other organisations worldwide including Deutsche Bahn in Germany, Telefonica in Spain and the Russian Interior Ministry.