Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

WannaCry ransomware: Cash crunch hits ATMs in Bengaluru

Analysts at BBC said three accounts linked to the ransom demands suggested only about $38,000 had been paid by Monday morning.

On Friday, May 12, the world was hit with a massive cyber-attack with over 200,000 computers across 150 countries affected.

What are immediate steps for an organization that is attacked?

Internet-connected devices across the globe need security updates every now and then to be able to protect users against attacks that exploit vulnerabilities found on the system.

Consumers who have up-to-date software are protected from this ransomware. Here are some tips from security experts.

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So far the attack has crippled government services in India, Russia, Canada, Columbia, Indonesia, Slovakia, Romania and several others, and corporates like FedEx, Hitachi, Nissan, Sandvik, Renault and more.

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The security firm Kaspersky Lab, based in Russian Federation, noted that Microsoft had repaired the software problem that allows backdoor entry into its operating systems weeks before hackers published the exploit linked to the NSA, but also said: "Unfortunately it appears that many users have not yet installed the patch".

"The size of the outbreak is indicative of the number of machines out there which have not been patched with security updates". "People kind of got complacent and not vigilant about updating their machines", Mr Wysopal said. In an attempt to block the virus, Microsoft said it has been pushing out special automatic updates to those older systems.

Microsoft itself is unlikely to face legal trouble over the flaw in Windows being exploited by WannaCry, according to legal experts.

Window XP, Windows Vista users are particularly at risk because some of these users might not have licensed version of the software, or might not have updated their computer. Download the latest security and anti-malware software right here on FileHippo - all for free. According to Kaspersky Lab, the four most affected countries were Russia, Ukraine, India and Taiwan. Because they can be used against you.

In addition, ransomware developers often use pop-up windows that advertise software products that remove malware. Click on "Turn Windows features on or off". The only regional country that seems to have been affected is Iran, where it has been reported that up to 2000 computers were impacted. "That's why you need to have a good backup". "All the data in the laptop was encrypted and there were no confidential files", he said. To be extra safe from hackers, after backing up your data onto an external drive, unplug the drive from the computer and put it away.

So if an employee accidentally infects one computer with something like WannaCry, it could take down an entire firm's infrastructure. Businesses should determine the best time to apply these security updates to office computers without interrupting productivity, he added. In some cases, it was individuals and also few private firms. If there are none, don't lose hope: There may be new security tools to unlock your files in the future. If they wanted their files decrypted, the program said all they had to do was pay $300 worth of Bitcoin to the specified address. The police have also asked people not to "pay a ransomware ransom" as doing so will fuel the ransomware economy.

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