Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Some businesses in Asia disrupted by cyber attack, authorities brace for more


The company did issue a patch for Windows XP, but has otherwise largely stopped issuing updates for the software. Companies that were hit by the worm may be wary of making it public, they added.

"We're looking at our victims' profiles, we're still seeing a lot of victims in the Asia-Pacific region".

"It's hard to feel like a hero, I think, because I just documented my analysis", said Huss. Do not give people any more access to your system than they need to do their job. Chinese energy giant PetroChina said payment systems at some of its petrol stations were hit, although it had been able to restore most of the systems.

Officials say they're aware of those problems. "Everyone has pulled together", said a Barts spokesman.

"Because of the quantity of data involved and the complexity of these kinds of enquiries we need to be clear that this is an investigation which will take time", said Owens.

The global attack could have been far worse if not for a pair of cybersecurity researchers, including Darien Huss, from MI, who stumbled on a kill switch hidden in the domain name the hackers were using.

The result was that some phishing e-mails slipped through and were activated by users, but were caught by other security systems in place.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, added: "The picture is emerging that this is affecting multiple countries and sectors and is not exclusively targeted at the NHS".

One person helping coordinate banks' response said they were setting up back-up systems for data and introducing security upgrades.

He also advised against the urge to follow links and open emails and attachments from unknown sources. One school in South Korea barred its pupils from using the internet.

Most attacks take advantage of vulnerabilities that have already been fixed, but IT staff and end users fail to apply software updates provided by vendors, as highlighted by the recent outbreak.

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Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. The message from the UK's National Crime Agency was "do not pay!" - there is no guarantee that systems will be restored.

About 97 per cent of United Kingdom facilities and doctors disabled by the attack were back to normal operation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Saturday after a government meeting.

The malware used a technique purportedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency.

Smith warned governments against stockpiling such vulnerabilities and said instead they should report them to manufacturers - not sell, store or exploit them, lest they fall into the wrong hands.

Problems with cyber security in NHS organisations were highlighted previous year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned that issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times said. For the new variant that appeared on Sunday morning, we have seen a very limited number of attacks, which included 3 customers, in Russian Federation and Brazil.

In Hong Kong, Gazeley said his team had found a new version of the worm that didn't use e-mail to lure victims.

Updating your computer if you're an individual is a piece of cake, but for a network the size of Britain's National Health Service?

Check out our list of the best antivirus to make sure you're running one of our recommended packages. He declined to elaborate.

Capitalising on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, the "ransomware" attack launched on Friday has infected tens of thousands of computers in 104 countries, putting the financial industry on high alert.

The non-profit U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit research institute estimated that total losses would range in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but not exceed $1 billion.

Organizations are scrambling to apply the latest security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack.

While any size company could be vulnerable, many large organizations with robust security departments would have prioritized the update that Microsoft released in March and wouldn't be vulnerable to Friday's attack.

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