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

New ransomware attacks may hit today, experts say

New ransomware attacks may hit today, experts say

The attack largely infected networks that used out-of-date software, such as Windows XP, which Microsoft no longer offers technical support for.

The Leatside Surgery was hit in on Friday afternoon after NHS computer systems across the country were hit by a ransomware attack. Hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in the U.K., China, Russia, Germany and Spain have all been affected.

While the effect on companies in the Americas was not yet clear, aftershocks elsewhere from the "Wannacry" virus have so far been mild. Anyone who regularly deals with public services in person will probably have seen government employees struggling with outdated computer systems.

"The use of cyberattacks for criminal purposes is an increasing threat which requires a coordinated and global response from the EU and its member states", Margaritis Schinas, a spokesman for the European Commission, said on Monday.

"These alerts included a patch to protect their systems".

The Indonesian government also urged companies to update their systems on Monday after two hospitals in Jakarta were hit by the ransomware.

Authorities in Europe and the United States turned their attention to preventing hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

But some other technology industry executives said privately that it reflected a widely held view in Silicon Valley that the US government is too willing to jeopardize internet security in order to preserve offensive cyber capabilities. The official declined to go into specifics but said none of the disruption was "significant".

The hackers - then demanding hundreds of dollars in ransom to relinquish control of the files.

Britain's National Health Service, one of the largest state-run systems in the world, was also one of the most significant victims of the attack, with almost 60 of the U.K. "Trusts", or regional hospital networks, affected.

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

It was too early to say who was behind the onslaught, which struck 100,000 organizations, and what their motivation was, aside from the obvious demand for money.

The blaming has already started.

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith criticised governmental handling of data regarding computer systems.

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He added: "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call".

Microsoft's lawyer says governments should "report vulnerabilities" that they discover to software companies, "rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them".

"An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

However, security minister Ben Wallace, a Parliamentary candidate in Preston and Wyre, blamed changes under the last Labour government to stop contracting across the NHS with Microsoft, instead leaving IT up to individual trusts.

At least one strain of the ransomware has proven especially vicious.

For example, if an office worker opens an infected PDF attached to an email, soon everyone in the office could be under attack.

"That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said.

But the timing of the attack meant it began after trading hours down-under.

It appears this could be the same cyber-attack that has crippled the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RSTA) and other institutions such as banks offering online services in Zambia. Have you paid the ransom?

The NHS says it employs more than 1.5 million people, making it one of the world's biggest employers alongside the U.S. Department of Defence, Walmart and the Chinese army.

Despite many computer and telephone systems still being affected by the malware, all GP practices will be open as usual today, the trust said, but patients have been asked not to try and make a new appointment - by phone or in person - "unless it is vital". Programs were being installed to fix the problem.

Nissan Motor Co. confirmed Monday some units had been targeted, but it had responded and there has been no major impact on its business.

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