Thursday, 21 June, 2018

WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware patch released by Microsoft

Frank Williams | 16 May, 2017, 11:23

The cyberattack has hit more than 300,000 computers, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said at Monday's midday White House briefing.

The malware behind WannaCry (also called Wana Decryptor or WCry) was reported to have been stolen from the NSA back in April.

But while FedEx Corp. reported that its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware - it wouldn't say if it had been hit by the ransomware - other impacts in the US were not readily apparent on Saturday. "They said the system was down and that they can not transfer anyone till the computer system was back up so he is still in the theatre".

"The U.S.is still in a relatively good place - I don't want to jinx it", the department official says. It issued a patch on March 14 to protect them from Eternal Blue.

China is also set to implement a tougher new cyber security law from June 1, created to strengthen critical infrastructure, even as many global tech firms and lobbies say that its cyber rules skew the playing field against foreign firms.

Businesses and networks across Asia are coping with the first wave of WannaCry during their workweek.

British media had reported a year ago that most public health organizations were using an outdated version of Microsoft Windows that was not equipped with security updates. He says Chinese security companies have been offering their help.

In China, state media said more than 29,000 institutions there had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices. Doctors' practices and pharmacies reported similar problems.

Malware-tracking maps show WannaCry has remained active in Europe over the past 24 hours.

Dozens of local Chinese authorities said they had suspended some of their services due to the attack that has disrupted operations at vehicle factories, hospitals, shops and schools around the world. Europol, the European Union's police agency, said the onslaught was at "an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits".

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In the past, individuals and organizations have differed over whether to pay the ransom.

The identity of whoever deployed the software remains unknown.

Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith launched a blistering attack on the NSA and governments worldwide, equating the ransomware attack with the USA military allowing the theft of a Tomahawk missile cache. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.

The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday that the 22-year-old Britain-based researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, found that the software's spread could be stopped by registering a garbled domain name.

The ransomware appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was purportedly identified by the U.S. National Security Agency for its own intelligence-gathering purposes.

In February 2016, a Los Angeles hospital, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, paid $17,000 in Bitcoin to hackers who took control of its computers for more than a week.

Delivery company FedEx has confirmed it is suffering a malware attack.

A security expert in England has been hailed as an "accidental hero" for quashing the spread of the initial version of the ransomware late Friday.

The virus was most likely made into a "worm" which is a self-spreading malware. The western MI resident said he noticed the authors of the malware had left in a feature known as a kill switch.

A cybersecurity researcher in Britain managed to slow down its spread by activating the software's "kill switch", but there were fears that the cybercriminals would release even more malicious versions.

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