Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Ransomware attack had 'nearly zero' impact in India: Minister

Kayla Schwartz | 20 May, 2017, 02:04

As a result, numerous organizations such as the U.K.'s National Health Service have found themselves unable to access vital data because their files were encrypted by the cyberattack, which demanded ransom payments in the Bitcoin digital currency to unlock information.

Experts are warning that many office workers could return to work Monday and find their computers compromised.

"They're going to turn on their computers in the morning and find out if they were protected or not" said James Barnett, a security expert at Venable.

As the biggest ransomware attack in history rumbles on, are you suitably protecting yourself from getting hit?

"More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said.

"We do backups multiple times a day, so we have an option of which backup to go back to", Rodriguez said, adding later that there are over 20,000 attempted computer attacks on the county daily.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Jiangxi province were most affected, a report released by 360 Threat Intelligence Center on Saturday said.

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Trustlook, a next-generation cybersecurity company, has released a free scanner and vaccine toolkit to help protect Windows computers that are either vulnerable to, or have been infected with, the risky strain of ransomware known as WannaCry. "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.

China's cyber authorities have repeatedly pushed for what they call a more "equitable" balance in global cyber governance, criticising USA dominance.

"Install the official patch from Microsoft that closes the vulnerability used in the attack".

The latest virus attack last week exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by U.S. intelligence.

In 2014, Microsoft ended support for the highly popular Windows XP, released in 2001 and engineered beginning in the late 1990s, arguing that the software was out of date and wasn't built with modern security safeguards. That's definitely not the case with cyber or conventional weapons. "Although cyber security is considered to be at a national strategy level, domestic institutions and enterprises' overall security awareness is still not strong".

Since Friday (May 12th), the cyber-attack has victimised private and public organisations in 150 countries and, according to Microsoft, should be treated as a wake-up call across the globe. CyberDome, a wing of technical research has been formed by the Kerala police after foreseeing the Ransomware attack.

Experts say the spread of the virus had been stymied by a security researcher in the United Kingdom hackers have issued new versions of the virus that cyber security organizations are actively trying to counter and stamp out.

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