Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Ransomware: Once lucky, more on the way

Laurie Berry | 17 May, 2017, 20:01

Smith (below, right) was reacting to the Windows ransomware attacks over the weekend that caused companies around the world to go into meltdown, unable to use their systems to get any work done.

Darien Huss, a 28-year-old research engineer who assisted the anonymous British researcher lauded a hero, said he was "still anxious for what's to come in the next few days because it really would not be so hard for the actors behind this to re-release their code without a kill switch or with a better kill switch". But the researcher's actions may have saved companies and governments millions of dollars and slowed the outbreak before computers in the US were more widely affected. And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability one month earlier, the sequence of events fed speculation that the NSA hadn't told the USA tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen.

Later in the day, the Maharashtra Police department said it was partially hit by the ransomware.

Spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher.

Major global companies said they also came under attack. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

The malware, using a technique stolen from the US National Security Agency, stopped care at hospitals across the United Kingdom, affected Russia's interior ministry and infected company computer systems in countries from Eastern Europe to the US and Asia.

WannaCry virus, which killed over 150 countries and could cause significant damage due to vulnerability the latest version of Microsoft Windows.

In the United Kingdom, 45 organisations in the National Health Service were affected, home secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday, and hospitals in London, North West England and Central England urged people with non-emergency conditions to stay away as technicians tried to stop the spread of the malicious software.

Vikings sign former Bears DT Will Sutton
Sutton will compete with Datone Jones, Jaleel Johnson and Tom Johnson for playing time at the three-technique spot. The Minnesota Vikings continue to hone their roster, making a move for different depth at defensive tackle.

Railway stations, mail delivery, gas stations, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls and government services also were affected, China's Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Threat Intelligence Center of Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security services company.

All this may be just a taste of what's coming, another cyber security expert warned.

The attack held hospitals and other entities hostage by freezing computers, encrypting their data and demanding money through online bitcoin payment - $300 at first, rising to $600 before it destroys files hours later. Wainwright said Europol did not know the motive.

This is already believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, disrupting services in nations as diverse as the U.S., Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and India. "So they no longer get the security updates they should be".

The non-profit U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit research institute estimated that total losses would range in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but not exceed $1 billion.

Ryan Kalember, senior vice president at Proofpoint Inc. which helped stop its spread, said the version without a kill switch could spread.

"Obviously, they want those tools in order to spy on people of interest, on other countries, to conduct surveillance", Cluley said.

Burnett reported from Chicago and Breed from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Recommended

  • Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting

    Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting

    Donald Trump is set to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders nearly back-to-back on his first foreign trip as U.S. Having a fight over the Western Wall might have arisen out of that frustration, at least indirectly.

    Trump Wants To Negotiate Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

    That long-shot effort - which has eluded USA presidents since the 1970s - got off to a rocky start early in Trump's adminstration. He said he had "hope" about prospects for peace with Trump in that role as he praised the President for his negotiating acumen.

    North Korea missile detected by THAAD, programme progressing faster than expected

    The missile flew 787 kilometres on a trajectory reaching an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometres, the North's KCNA news agency said. Disarmament Ambassador Wood said China was key given that 90 percent of North Korea's trade was with that country.
  • José Mourinho says Manchester United could have 'closed' tie against Celta Vigo

    "A kid that finishes a training session and stays half an hour more every day to take free-kicks and to wait for the opportunity".

    Coalition Whip: Embassy Move Not 'Do or Die' for Prime Minister

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in January that if Trump moves the embassy it will "destroy the peace process". Security officials are working in coordination with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the US Secret Service.

    BUSINESS REPORT: OPEC and their allies begin to pledge production cuts

    Goldman Sachs said output would increase from OPEC members that were exempt from the cuts. However, last year Saudi officials agreed to the first cut in production for eight years.
  • Sally Yates testifies: Michael Flynn 'could be blackmailed' by Russians

    Sally Yates testifies: Michael Flynn 'could be blackmailed' by Russians

    Flynn had been an adviser to Trump and an outspoken supporter of his presidential candidacy in the 2016 campaign. On February 14, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, characterized Yates's warning as "a heads-up".
    North Korean Nukes and Missiles 'Recipe for Disaster'

    North Korean Nukes and Missiles 'Recipe for Disaster'

    He said the council is exploring many different avenues to proceed and "clearly sanctions are a way to go", but also diplomacy. He urged Pyongyang to ensure full compliance with its global obligations and return to the path of denuclearization.
    Codemasters announces F1 2017 game release date, classic cars

    Codemasters announces F1 2017 game release date, classic cars

    A brand new "Championships" game mode is also mentioned, although there aren't further details about what it'll entail just yet. For the first time since F1 2013 , classic cars will feature in the game.
  • Ed Woodward has hailed Manchester United's progress this season

    We'll see how Mourinho is spinning this story after the Europa League final on May 24th. United last played in Houston in 2010, when they beat an MLS All-Stars team 5-2.

    How Antonio Conte and Chelsea F.C. are changing the Premier Leauge

    But, having secured Premier League glory this time around, Antonio Conte's side will play against Europe's elite in 2017-18. They have had a great season and deserve it, they were better than everyone else in the Premier League", said the Italian.
    Did Trump Ask Comey to End the Flynn Investigation?

    Did Trump Ask Comey to End the Flynn Investigation?

    Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", an official said. Comey has a history of memorializing controversial conversations and issues - he did so during the George W.

US Coast Guard reports small plane overdue in Bahamas US Coast Guard reports small plane overdue in Bahamas Police in The Bahamas are searching for a plane that disappeared while carrying a New Hampshire man and three other people. The Florida-bound plane that was carrying a NY family departed from Borinquen, Puerto Rico, at about 11 a.m. on Monday.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake confirmed for June launch Jaguar XF Sportbrake confirmed for June launch Jaguar has also confirmed that the Sportbrake will be presented in undisguised form on 14 June. According to rumors, the engines, the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake will get from the sedan.

Joint operation conducted by COBRA commando, Chhattisgarh police Joint operation conducted by COBRA commando, Chhattisgarh police Just after taking charge, Bhatnagar had asked his officers to give him a briefing about the Maoist ambush. Sunderra said the first exchange of fire occurred on Sunday morning.

Happy Mother's Day 2017 Quotes, Messages Wishes for Facebook and WhatsApp Happy Mother's Day 2017 Quotes, Messages Wishes for Facebook and WhatsApp Bring her some breakfast in bed, a cup of coffee or tea, allow her to relax and spend the day doing the things she enjoys most . We all can't afford to buy our moms a fancy dinner but if you try to recreate one of her favorite foods it won't go unnoticed.

Trump's approval rating hits a new low Trump's approval rating hits a new low Still, 79 percent of Republicans overall approve of the job the president is doing and just 16 percent disapprove. He was charged with four counts, two of which he was impeached for: perjury and obstruction of justice.

Jahangiri drops out of Iran presidential race in favor of Rouhani When sanctions peaked between 2011 and 2014, Iranians saw their incomes drop by more than 20%, to just over $5,300 on average. That held true in 1997 with the election of reformer Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, who threw his support Monday behind Rouhani.

Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, D.C. Mr Erdogan said his visit would "mark a historical turn of tide" and hailed "outstanding relations" between the nations. Comey said he replied that "I agree he is a good guy" but said nothing to Trump about limiting the investigation.

Head of FBI Group: Agents 'Appalled' at Comey's Removal The New York Times reported the president asked Comey in January to pledge loyalty to him and that Comey refused to do so. Once again, critics are saying this latest political crisis is entirely of the U.S.

Interest Rates for Home Mortgages at Suntrust, Quicken Loans May 17, 2017 The benchmark 30 year loans at Commerce Bank have been published at 4.125% carrying an April of 4.228% today. The unadjusted purchase index also decreased by 3% for the week, and it is now 9% higher year over year.

SSE speaks out over Tory price cap plans SSE speaks out over Tory price cap plans Its wholesale business reported an operating profit of 498.2 million pounds after a loss of 481.3 million in 2015/16. SSE raised its electricity prices at the end of April by 14.9% for 2.8 million customers.

Korea Missile could carry nuclear warhead Korea Missile could carry nuclear warhead North Korea is also stepping up diplomatic actions to seek support and understanding from other countries over its missile launch. In a unanimous statement backed by China, the council on Monday agreed to take further significant measures, including sanctions.

President Trump Delivers Commencement Address at Coast Guard Academy However, Trump will be making his first overseas trip as president when three of the other academies hold their ceremonies. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Cyberark Software (CYBR) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Finds Df Dent & Co Inc decreased Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:SIG) stake by 42,914 shares to 805,660 valued at $75.94 million in 2016Q4. CyberArk Software, Ltd. (CYBR ) 52 week low value is at $40.11 and its current distance from 52 week low value is 19.22%.

Derek Carr Frustrated By Pace Of Contract Talks With Raiders Derek Carr Frustrated By Pace Of Contract Talks With Raiders In April, Carr told reporters he won't be thinking about his contract once training camp begins. Carr is expected to become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in football.

Unusual Activity Sighted in Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ZBH) Shares Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 294,077 shares in the company, valued at $35,768,585.51. Capital Guardian Trust Co. boosted its position in shares of Zimmer Biomet Holdings by 52.1% in the fourth quarter.