Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

'Unprecedented' cyber attack hits 100 countries including India

'Unprecedented' cyber attack hits 100 countries including India

Sir Michael ruled out concerns over the threat of viruses on Trident operating systems, after the global attack which hit 48 NHS trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards. The UK's National Cyber Security Center said it is "working round the clock" to restore vital health services.

Security officials in Britain urged organizations to protect themselves by installing the security fixes, running antivirus software and backing up data elsewhere. Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they identified the malicious software in more than 70 countries.

Russia's central bank on Saturday said that the country's banking system had been hit by a mass cyberattack, and a number of ministries and the railway system also reported attempted breaches.

Individuals and organisations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored, the USCERT said.

As not all ransomware provides this timer countdown, the WannaCry attack shows computer users that "payment will be raised" after a specific countdown, along with another display raising urgency to pay up, threatening that the user will completely lose their files after the set timeout, the team said. Typical ransom demanded was $300 in bitcoins ( approximately Rs 19,000) to decrypt one computer system, though some users report to a $600 Bitcoin demands. Ransoms paid so far amount to only tens of thousands of dollars, one analyst said, but he predicted they would rise.

"Today, it happened to 10,000 computers", Eisen said.

Businesses around the world scrambled on Saturday to prepare for a renewed cyberattack, convinced that a lull in a computer offensive that has stopped vehicle factories, hospitals, schools and other organizations in around 100 countries was only temporary.

Europol said its cybercrime specialists will support affected countries as a "complex worldwide investigation" to identify the culprits begins.

The ransomware appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the US National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

A young cybersecurity researcher has been credited with helping to halt the ransomware's spread by accidentally activating a so-called "kill switch" in the malicious software. Yet systems around the world were crippled by human error - failure to do software updates and employees clicking on email attachments that contained the malware.

'It's an global attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected, ' British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Gregg Popovich confirms Kawhi Leonard to play Game 1 vs. the Warriors
The Warriors fell behind by 22 points to the Spurs in the first eight minutes of their March 29 encounter in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard is not at 100 percent because of a tender ankle. "That seems like years ago to be honest", KD said.

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein). A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

But the kill switch couldn't help those already infected. "They are processing a lot of sensitive data". Microsoft says now it will make the fixes free for everyone.

Cyberint, subordinated to the Romanian Intelligence Service, said Friday it thwarted a cyberattack to a government institution, without saying when it occurred, following notification from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Romanian foreign intelligence agency.

In the United Kingdom, critics said the government had known about the threat of a cyber-attack for some time, but hospitals had not made the right upgrades to protect themselves.

NHS Digital said that 4.7% of devices within the NHS use Windows XP, with the figure continuing to decrease.

Since there no evidence that the patient data has been compromised by the attack, the organisation did not elaborate on the details.

He said Russian Federation and India were hit particularly hard, largely because Microsoft's Windows XP - one of the operating systems most at risk - was still widely used there.

The security holes it exploits were disclosed weeks ago by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that published what it said are hacking tools used by the NSA.

"We are spending around 50 million pounds on the NHS cyber systems to improve their security, we've encouraged the NHS trusts to reduce their exposure to the weakest system, the Windows XP. and there is money available to strengthen these systems", he said. In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefonica were infected.

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said some electronic signs at stations announcing arrivals and departures were infected.

Other European organizations hit by the massive cyberattack included some soccer clubs.

Like this: