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Frank Williams | 14 May, 2017, 22:52

Tom Robinson, co-founder of Elliptic, a company that identifies illicit activity involving bitcoin and provides services to most major law enforcement agencies in the US and the United Kingdom, said that at least three bitcoin addresses have been identified as being associated with the malware used in Friday's worldwide attack, reports the Guardian. This attack has impacted many large services and organizations, including hospitals in England, a telecom and natural gas company in Spain, and FedEx. Pictures on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of US$300 in Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!"

Six NHS trusts are yet to return to normal around 24 hours after an worldwide cyber attack struck computer systems across the globe. Some said it seemed to be a worm-a malware program that spreads by between computers, like a virus.

"The NSA is supposed to lead the vulnerability equities process with all the other government agencies gathered round to discuss their interests in the vulnerability, and to weigh the offensive capabilities against defensive concerns for the private sector and U.S. interests", said Adam Segal, the director of the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In Vietnam, Vu Ngoc Son, a director of Bkav Anti Malware, said dozens of cases of infection had been reported there, but he declined to identify any of the victims.

The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers on Friday.

"Both staff and patients were frankly pretty appalled that somebody, whoever they are, for commercial gain or otherwise, would attack a health care organization", he said. Moreover, reports indicate that the attack was carried out using tools stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency.

In any case, after this major incident, it is always a reminder that firms now more than ever need to be savvy and fluent in cyber security risks, as well as prevention methods to ensure the safety of their data. The ransomware appeared to have hit some 100,000 systems, more than half in Russian Federation, according to a tweet yesterday by malware researcher Jakub Kroustek.

The most worrying development concerned problems with the hospital's referral system, Sean said. Train systems were hit in Germany and Russian Federation, and phone companies in Madrid and Moscow.

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"It's an global attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected", she said.

The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the US spy agency.

British media had reported a year ago that most public health organizations were using an outdated version of Microsoft Windows that was not equipped with security updates. All of this was also possible because of a flaw in an old version of Microsoft Windows; the company released an update for the software yesterday.

Such weaknesses, when discovered, are typically termed "zero-day vulnerability" because once they are discovered they may be used immediately to gain access to secure data, thus giving developers "zero days" to issue a patch. Late on Friday, Microsoft also released patches for a range of long discontinued software, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Segal said he believed the attack is probably not related to the executive order but "part of a larger campaign to embarrass the intelligence community".

Authorities in Britain have been braced for cyber attacks in the run-up to the election, as happened during last year's USA election and on the eve of the French run-off vote on 7 May. MalwareTech published a blog post early Saturday morning detailing how they stopped the spread of this ransomware. The interior ministry said about 1,000 computers had been infected but it had localized the virus.

"Looking at the trends, it was going to happen", he said".

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