Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

No substantial impact of WannaCry on Indian IT system: Secy

The outbreak was able to quickly spread across the globe because it leveraged malicious computer code that was shared by the Shadow Brokers in April and likely developed by the NSA. The program takes control over a user's system and brings up a message telling users they can recover their files only if they send $300, or in some cases $600 in bitcoins to a specific address.

WannaCry is a type of ransomware computer worm. But what can you do, as a simple consumer, to protect yourself against such a powerful ransomware attack? The first piece of malware that demanded payment was written in 1989.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and have instructed the banks' local information technology teams to keep a watch on the systems in branches".

Other tools from the presumed NSA toolkit published by the Shadow Brokers have also been repurposed by criminals and are being sold on underground forums, researchers said.

A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged U.S. National Security Agency exploits claims to have even more attack tools in its possession and plans to release them in a new subscription-based service. "As a result, hospitals, businesses, governments, and computers at homes were affected". Yet tens of thousands of computers weren't updated, allowing the malware the room it needed to spread.

"Run the "Critical Area Scan" task in Kaspersky Lab's solution to detect possible infection as soon as possible (otherwise it will be detected automatically, if not switched off, within 24 hours)", he added. It appears the developers hoped their malware would go global, as the ransom message had been translated into dozens of languages.

But, if you suspect that your computer is infected with a malware, do not open any files.

Internationally, China reported of 40,000 organisations being impacted, while the National Health Service of the United Kingdom was also hit badly.

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Is the threat still out there?

Microsoft patched this hole in March for modern versions of Windows.

"Vulnerabilities always exist in software".

Security firms have continually raised alarms about the NHS's reliance on Windows XP, an operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Should the ransom not be paid, you face the possibility of losing your data permanently. Make sure the backup is connected to your main computer, so it doesn't become infected. "That to me is far scarier than a bunch of hard drives being encrypted".

WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in older versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and Windows XP. However, as of now, there is no patch for these older operating systems for the EsteemAudit vulnerability. The hackers are believed to have fooled victims into loading the ransomware by clicking on a fraudulent Internet link sent by email, a method known as phishing. Some web browsers will alert you if a site appears to be suspicious. Several security holes are fixed before they can be exploited.

A New York Times opinion piece expected Microsoft to provide security updates to dated software forever.

Lee Kim, director of privacy and security for HIMSS North America, contends that there have been anecdotal reports by healthcare providers around the world-including the US -of infections affecting their computers and medical devices. "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call".

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