Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Cyber-attack a "wake-up call" says Microsoft

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said yesterday that a few systems of the Police Department in Andhra Pradesh were impacted and that the state government has been informed to follow the advisory by the CERT-In.

An global manhunt was under way for the plotters behind the world's biggest-ever computer ransom assault which has affected more than 150 countries.

"The threat's still out there, and Microsoft has actually stepped it up to put out a security patch to prevent this", said Logan. Up-to-date Windows 10 systems were already protected from the attack.

"Payment is demanded within three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received within seven days the locked files will be deleted, according to the screen message".

NHS Fife says it has cleaned and repaired its computer system after it was affected by the cyber attack which hit health boards across the United Kingdom last week.

The problem was then isolated, before work was undertaken to cleanse and fix it from a malicious programme known as ransomware.

Becky Pinkard, from Digital Shadows, a UK-based cyber-security firm, told AFP news agency that it would be easy for the initial attackers or "copy-cat authors" to change the virus code so it is hard to guard against.

Most automated teller machines (ATMs) were running fine, there could be some which may not have updated Microsoft's Windows operating system, sources said. It spreads from computer for computer as it finds exposed targets, without the user having to open an e-mail attachment or click a link as is commonplace in most attacks.

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It crippled Britain's National Health Service; patients expecting scheduled operations were turned away.

Britain's NHS is the world's fifth-largest employer after the US and Chinese militaries, Wal-Mart Stores and McDonald's.

The malware, known as "WannaCry", paralysed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems.

Asked if the government had ignored warnings over the NHS being at risk from cyber attack, Prime Minister Theresa May told Sky News: "No". He adds that governments should report vulnerabilities like the one at the center of the WannaCry attack.

"The growth rate of infected institutions on Monday has slowed significantly compared to the previous two days", said Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360.

At the time of writing, over 200,000 computers have been affected so far.

Energy giant PetroChina said payment systems at some petrol stations were hit although it had restored most of the systems.

The worldwide "ransomware" cyber-attack spread to thousands more computers on Monday as people across Asia logged in at work, disrupting businesses, schools, hospitals and daily life.

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