Country in Trouble- the Ransomware Attack to Become Worse!

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2017

The WannaCry ransomware cyber attack has claimed around 2 lakh victims across 150 countries so far, combing its malware attacks from both Friday and Monday, however, India remained relatively safe.

"I'm anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn on their machines on Monday", he said.

European authorities have a warning for everyone hit by the worldwide cyberattack: Don't pay the ransom.

The Government's response to the NHS cyber attack has been "chaotic", with cuts leaving hospitals "wide open" to being compromised, according to Labour.

Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe. A temporary fix slowed the spread, but new versions of the virus have been unleashed. The ransomware was created to repeatedly contact an unregistered domain in its code.

Steve Grobman of the security company McAfee said forensics experts are looking at how the ransomware was written and how it was run.

However, many organizations - including hospitals - had not appropriately updated their systems. Copycat attacks could follow.

NHS Digital said it is continuing to work to fight against the WannaCry cyberattack and its impact on the health service.

While Mr MacGibbon said Australia looks to have missed the worst of the attack as it didn't seem to have infected government agencies or critical infrastructure, people shouldn't be complacent. Here's the best thing your company can do to avoid it: Update your operating system and other software. Now.

The patches won't do any good for machines that have already been hit.

"At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat".

Security agencies have so far not been able to identify who was behind the attack.

Wainwright said Europol provided free downloads of decryption programmes for most ransomware. He added that ransomware attacks were normally criminal rather than political in nature.

Speaking to ITV's "Peston on Sunday", Europol director Rob Wainwright said the attack was indiscriminate across the private and public sectors.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said some out-patient appointments had been cancelled on Monday, especially at Selby War Memorial Hospital, but most were not affected.

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. Numerous organizations affected by the ransomware had not installed the software update.

In Japan, companies such as Hitachi and Nissan reported problems but said their operations had not been seriously affected.

USA package delivery giant FedEx, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit in the attacks, which demanded money to allow users to unblock their computers.

There are different variants of what happens: Other forms of ransomware execute programs that can lock your computer entirely, only showing a message to make payment in order to log in again.

"Right now, just about every IT department has been working all weekend rolling this out", said Dan Wire, spokesman at Fireeye Security.

He 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.

It's not the first time hackers have used the leaked NSA tools to infect computers.

"Once a machine is infected it will scan the entire internal network and infect other vulnerable machines".

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