Friday, 27 April, 2018

Cyber should be wake-up call for govts

Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 17:09

Once the computer's data has been encrypted, or locked down, a message would appear saying that the users' files are no longer accessible. Ransomware is a malicious software that prevents users from accessing their computers by encrypting the data on the device.

"Financial spying by the NSA is probably the most important and least liberty-infringing bulk-style program possible - and I doubt anyone outside the targeted countries would have a problem with the NSA spying on foreign WMD and missile programs", Weaver wrote. "They've been able to manage through it".

It's hard not to engage in a bit of victim-blaming in this situation, especially because security experts say the attacks could have been prevented. The initial attack had started after many offices had closed Friday.

"Concerted efforts to tackle cyber crimes have been hindered by the actions of the United States", it said, adding that Washington had "no credible evidence" to support bans on Chinese tech firms in the United States following the attack. NIC is monitoring more than 100 websites of state departments, institutions and colleges.

A computer science lecturer in Shivamogga reportedly fell prey to WannaCry.

"The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you can not access them anymore", said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell.

The cyber-attack has disrupted NHS services in parts of England and Scotland since Friday afternoon.

French automaker Renault and its partner, Nissan, say their plants were hit by the attack, NBC reports. Even after payment, the ransomware doesn't automatically release your computer and decrypt your files, according to security researchers.

The identity of whoever deployed the software remains unknown.

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"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", wrote Smith in a blog post on Sunday. He says that when the NSA lost control of the software behind the cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".

In August, a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers dumped a set of exploits - or hacking tools - online.

The hacker group claims that it still has 75 percent of the the US' cyber arsenal, and could release tools that exploit browser, router and phone vulnerabilities, as well as compromised network data from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. But the success of the attack shows that not enough people took advantage of the patch. "You can't argue against that", said former NSA Director Keith Alexander, who ran the agency from 2005 to 2014 but said he was unable to comment on any particular tool. Security experts believe that WannaCry has initially infected computers by getting people to download it via email. "If you are not using a security solution we strongly recommend you install protection".

The use of that domain is being called a "kill switch" in the malware. When his website started getting hits from the malicious software, MalwareTech told ABC News he anxious he'd triggered the program to do something very bad. The rationale behind the sectors move is that the market expects increased demand for cybersecurity services as fear spreads of future attacks.

"Patching security holes immediately, not stockpiling them, is the best way to make everyone's digital life safer".

Over the last few days, the global ransomware attack WannaCry infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files.

So is there anyway to restore your system back to normal?

Keep all the software on your computer up-to-date. Never click on unsolicited links or open unsolicited attachments in emails, especially from sources you do not already know or trust. "Stay away from file extensions like ".exe", ".vbs" and ".scr".


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