Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Global Cyber Attack Hits Hospitals, Companies


"Ransomware becomes particularly nasty when it infects institutions like hospitals, where it can put people's lives in danger", said Kroustek, the Avast analyst.

(P. Goezelt/dpa via AP).

Germany's national railway says departure and arrival display screens at its stations were affected Friday night, but there was no impact on train services.

Yesterday's wave of cyberattacks, which affected dozens of countries, apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.

Unfortunately however, computers already affected will not be helped by the solution.

Theresa May's comments came in response to criticism that NHS computer systems have been left outdated and vulnerable to attack.

(AP Photo/Paul White). A security guard stands outside the Telefonica headquarters in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said no cases of ransom attacks have been reported in the UAE.

The cyberattack which hit the NHS was a ransomware attack which encrypts files on a user's computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made.

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Had it not been for a young cybersecurity researcher's accidental discovery of a so-called "kill switch", the malicious software likely would have spread much farther and faster.

Security experts tempered the alarm bells by saying that widespread attacks are tough to pull off.

"For those organizations who have not yet applied the security update, we suggest you immediately deploy Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010". "Today we see the cost".

Once opened, the malware can install itself on a system without the user's knowledge.

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The attack, which locked up computers and held users' files for ransom, was believed the biggest of its kind ever recorded.

"The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits", it said in a statement.

The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.

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Security officials in Britain urged organizations to protect themselves by updating their security software fixes, running anti-virus software and backing up data elsewhere. He said that for them security is number one priority, because their reputation as an organisation would be damaged significantly, if they did not make security an important priority.

Experts have been working round- the-clock to restore IT systems of Britain's National Health Service (NHS) after they were hit by a large-scale cyber-hack by an global criminal gang that wreaked havoc around the globe, including India.

The 22-year-old Britain-based researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, explained Saturday how he inadvertently discovered Friday that the software's spread could be stopped by registering a garbled domain name. That cheap move redirected the attacks to MalwareTech's server, which operates as a "sinkhole" to keep malware from escaping. "There's no barrier to do it tomorrow to 100 million computers".

"Fortunately, the hospital's daily data backup had just been completed".

The Windows vulnerability in question was purportedly identified by the NSA for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

"Despite warnings, (NSA) built unsafe attack tools that could target Western software", Snowden said.

British cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley doesn't want to blame the NSA for the attack.

The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the US spy agency. "Because they could have done something ages ago to get this problem fixed, and they didn't do it".

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it is actively sharing information related to this event and stands ready to "lend technical support and assistance as needed to our partners, both in the United States and internationally".

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