Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

County so far spared from global ransomware attack

Kayla Schwartz | 19 May, 2017, 19:29

Who's being targeted for blame? As we detailed thoroughly on Monday, WannaCry is a risky trojan virus that infects Windows computers, encrypting almost all data in the process.

Chinese computer users may be more vulnerable to the attack as many commonly use unlicensed (i.e. pirated) or outdated versions of Windows OS and thus do not receive security updates. Brad Smith, the company's lawyer wrote on Microsoft's official blog: "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". On Tuesday, a court spokeswoman confirmed no ransom was paid.

Patching! That's it. Instead of hitting "ignore, ignore" when a pop-up on your screen asks, "Do you want to install a critical update and reboot?" "Still, the NSA can't be very proud of this".

Cyber security experts admit the technical evidence linking North Korea to the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack is somewhat tenuous, but Pyongyang has the advanced cyber capabilities and the motive to compensate for lost revenue due to economic sanctions, to be considered a likely suspect. The 22-year-old cyber security researcher has warned everyone to patch their systems before it's too late to escape the attack.

If anyone is going to be sued, legal experts are saying that it will be the victimized companies. It's about what intelligence agencies, like the CIA and the NSA, need to do.

Looks like it. The malware code for WannaCry became available back in April, released by a group known as the 'Shadow Brokers, ' who previous year claimed to have stolen a bunch of cyber weapons from the US National Security Agency.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft said it was preparing a response.

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Still, it was Microsoft that wrote the exploitable software to begin with.

According to Microsoft itself, numerous companies that were infected with WannaCry were either using outdated Windows OS versions or were sticking with Windows XP, which is practically considered a fossil at this point.

Microsoft released a patch for the Windows XP and Windows 8 vulnerability on Friday.

Steve Grobman, chief technology officer at McAfee, which makes the popular antivirus software, disagrees with Smith. Several security holes are fixed before they can be exploited. Though experts claim the situation is under control, they don't rule out the possibilities of more such attacks in the coming days. No company " or hospital, or university, or individual " asks to be the victim of cybercrime, but there are also things companies can do to prevent the attacks from succeeding. "FireEye has also taken steps to help secure its customers", Sahu told IANS.

Michael Mitchell, spokesman for Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International, said the company is not aware of any incidents from the attack, though it did alert employees.

This virus does not rely on user interaction to spread, in other words users do not have to open a suspicious email or download unknown files. "Systems which did not apply a patch update for this vulnerability were affected by the WannaCry ransomware which uses wormlike behaviour to affect vulnerable systems on the network", it explained.

For all the worldwide chaos they have caused, the ransomware attack's perpetrators have reportedly made little more than less than $70,000, according to Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

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