Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Ransomware Attack Hits Businesses Across The World

Kayla Schwartz | 16 May, 2017, 09:57

The hackers used the tool to encrypt files within affected computers, making them inaccessible, and demanded ransom - typically US$300 in bitcoin.

Meanwhile, many ATMs may remain closed for software updates as they are seen as being vulnerable since nearly all of them are run on Windows software.

A GLOBAL cyber attack that has struck computers across Europe and Asia is believed to have infected its first Australian business, the federal government says. Hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government agencies in Britain, China, Russia, Germany and Spain have all been affected.

Cyber security experts said the spread of the ransomware had slowed since its appearance on Friday but that the respite might only be brief.

Anti-virus experts Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe.

There are several factors in play. One did not include the so-called kill switch that allowed researchers to interrupt the malware's spread Friday by diverting it to a dead end on the internet.

"The numbers are still going up", he said.

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

Once a computer is infected, other computers connected to the same network will be infected as well.

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

Earlier, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated. Previous attacks targeted one machine at time. "They're processing a lot of sensitive data", he said.

Shares in firms that provide cyber security services rose with the prospect that companies and governments would have to spend more money on defences.

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United has won the European Cup or Champions League three times, and the now-defunct European Cup Winners' Cup once. We won the Community Shield. "Tonight we suffered, but we're in the final and we've fought hard to get there".

Grafi said his firm has been contacted by companies that are scrambling to avoid potential pitfalls.

An worldwide manhunt was under way for the plotters behind the world's biggest-ever computer ransom assault which has affected more than 150 countries.

Microsoft has issued a statement saying that it has developed and released a special update for Windows XP although this particular version of its operating system is no longer serviced by the company.

Australia and New Zealand appeared to have escaped largely unscathed as they woke up for their first business day since a massive ransomware worm hit thousands of computer systems around the world, disrupting operations at hospitals, shops and schools.

Like many others, the malware gets onto a computer by having an unwitting victim open and run an innocuous-looking email attachment.

No bank has explicitly reported any incidents of a malware attack on their systems.

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of Global Positioning System, said the attacks, combined with precautionary measures, have had an "extensive impact" on GP practices, some of which are likely to struggle on Monday.

At Germany's national Deutsche Bahn railroad, workers were labouring under "high pressure" on Monday to fix remaining glitches with train stations' electronic departure boards, a spokesman said.

WannaCry is a ransomware program targeting Microsoft's Windows operating system has reportedly impacted over 10,000 organisations and 2,00,000 individuals in 150 countries. He said the situation was under control. The kill switch is said to have prevented the attacks from spreading, saving millions of computers from being affected.

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) is the world's fifth largest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's. "Which we will", she said.

The NHS has said hospitals have had to cancel some outpatient appointments because of the attack. The British Home Secretary said most of the NHS systems were back to normal by midday Saturday.

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