Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Global cyber attack: Windows computers must be updated, officials say

Laurie Berry | 28 June, 2017, 17:16

A major cyber-attack dubbed "Petya" hit central banks and many large corporations in Europe, the Middle-East and the U.S., creating havoc for employees and customers alike.

The malware, which has been dubbed NotPetya, has been confirmed by multiple security firms to resemble the WannaCry ransomware attack, which in May infected hundreds of thousands of computers by taking advantage of a National Security Agency hacking tool called Eternal Blue.

Rosneft said its servers had suffered a "powerful" cyberattack but thanks to its backup system "the production and extraction of oil were not stopped".

In Ukraine, Boryspil airport, the banking system, a state power distributer and even the Ukrainian government have been hit, Engadget said.

Other companies that said they had been hit by a presumed cyber attack included Russian metal maker Evraz, French construction materials firm Saint Gobain and the world's biggest advertising agency, WPP - though it was not clear if their problems were caused by the same virus. A spokesman for the company said that " They are continuing to investigate and take appropriate action to protect their customers".

Other victims of the attack were spread across countries including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the United States. In last month more than 3,00,00 computers infected with this virus.

A new wave of ransomware attacks swept the world on Tuesday, starting with Ukraine and spreading to other regions of the world.

Modi meets Trump with his usual greeting _ bear hugs
Modi in turn made Trump beam by hailing his reputation as deal maker from his time as property tycoon. Ties between Israel and India are on a "constant upswing", the Israeli Premier said.

Infected computers display a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom worth $300.

"The actual number of vulnerable PCs is probably much higher", Jakub Krostek, Avast's Threat Lab Team lead, said.

Security experts also believe that this new ransomware does not have a kill switch, which means that it might be harder to stop.

There's very little information about what might be behind the disruption at each specific company, but cybersecurity experts rapidly zeroed in on a form of ransomware, the name given to programs that hold data hostage by scrambling it until a payment is made.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman wrote on Facebook that the attacks in his country were "unprecedented" but insisted that "important systems were not affected".

Security experts, including Mr Savvides, are now urging people and businesses to ensure all computers are up to date with Microsoft patches. The £3billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, which set sail on Monday, has a computer in its control room running on Windows XP - the system hit by a cyber attack in May.

The cryptolocker demands $300 in bitcoins and does not name the encrypting program, which makes finding a solution hard, said Group IB spokesman Evgeny Gukov in an emailed comment.

Recommended

  • 5-year-old boy identified as victim in London inferno

    Tests so far have focused on residential high-rise buildings, though similar cladding is used on commercial properties as well. The national testing was ordered after flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the Grenfell Tower fire .
    UK charges six people in deadly Hillsborough stadium case

    UK charges six people in deadly Hillsborough stadium case

    Peter Metcalf , the solicitor acting for South Yorkshire Police in 1989, is charged with perverting the course of justice. This story corrects the former chief of South Yorkshire Police's last name to Bettison.
    'No Cuts to Medicaid': Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell's Office

    'No Cuts to Medicaid': Disabled Protesters Carried Away From McConnell's Office

    They were arrested for "crowding, obstructing and incommoding" the hallway and forcibly removed from the building. The demonstrators were heard chanting , "Don't cut Medicaid , save our liberty".
  • Spicer: Trump wants the Senate healthcare bill to have 'heart'

    Spicer: Trump wants the Senate healthcare bill to have 'heart'

    It's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, including our Communications Director - he's been gone for a while ... There's more than one way to kill a briefing. "Saturday Night Live" has poked fun at him mercilessly.
    EQT buys Rice Energy to create shale gas drilling giant

    EQT buys Rice Energy to create shale gas drilling giant

    Rice Energy - Based in Canonsburg, PA - also exploits oil and natural gas resources in the Appalachian Basin. After all is said and done, EQT will be responsible for 5 percent of the nation's natural gas production.

    Accident in NY subway: injured more than 30 people

    Passengers interviewed by local TV stations described the train vibrating wildly and bucking as it went off the rails. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. local time on route A of the NY subway with a train going South.
  • US Arms For Syrian Kurds Will Continue After Raqqa

    US officials have been careful not to publicly detail the amount or specific types of weapons going to the Syrian Kurds. The PKK has targeted security forces and civilians in the region for decades.
    New Zealand humble U.S.  to win 35th America's Cup

    New Zealand humble U.S. to win 35th America's Cup

    Emirates New Zealand won the America's Cup on Monday, laying the ghost of 2013 with a crushing victory over Oracle Team USA. The standout feature was a revolutionary grinding system in which the Kiwis replaced traditional arm power with leg power.
    North Korea freed, sentenced to prison, American student

    North Korea freed, sentenced to prison, American student

    Warmbier was flown first to an American military medical facility in Japan, then flown on to Cincinnati, near his family's home. This morning came word suddenly that the United States had secured his release , but under apparently desperate circumstances.
  • Donald Trump has revealed all about those cryptic James Comey 'tapes' tweets

    Donald Trump has revealed all about those cryptic James Comey 'tapes' tweets

    Trump, according to his advisers, had become enormously frustrated that Comey would not say so publicly. Mr Comey also said that Mr Trump asked him for "loyalty" - which Mr Trump emphatically denies.

    Father of LSU star pitcher revives man with no pulse at CWS

    Then cleanup man Greg Deichmann tapped a grounder to first and Schwarz cut down Robertson at home plate by a few inches. It's clear: Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan is a rising star, and he has built a national power in Gainesville.
    Plane diverted after mother gives birth to son mid-flight

    Plane diverted after mother gives birth to son mid-flight

    Penton said that, because her first two children were carried to term, the thought of delivering at 36 weeks never concerned her. Pilots re-routed the plane to New Orleans, but Penton's water broke in flight. 'There was no time to prepare, ' Cristina said.

Federation Internationale de Football Association publishes Garcia report Russian Federation was awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 tournament in a single vote in Zurich in December, 2010. The 42-page summary written by German judge Hans Joachim Eckert was published two months later and disputed by Garcia.

Potential Jurors Hate "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli, Think He's A "Dick" Potential Jurors Hate But he is much better known for instituting steep price increases on lifesaving drugs as a pharmaceutical entrepreneur. Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has gone on trial in NY charged with fraud.

United States government preparing to help victims of the fresh cyber attack Food company Mondelez International also said its staff in different regions were experiencing technical problems. Although no one knows yet who's behind the attack, some are comparing it to the WannaCry cyberattacks from May.

After Whole Foods takeover, Amazon may launch another brand with different standards After Whole Foods takeover, Amazon may launch another brand with different standards Amazon has now bought into more than 400 locations where it can start to bring this experience to life. Whole Foods already has a lot of in-store dining and lots of prepared foods.

Iraqi forces set sights on Old City riverside in Mosul Iraqi forces set sights on Old City riverside in Mosul The following day, he said, a dozen coalition airstrikes on Mosul's western-most edge killed about 40 militants. Members of Iraqi forces take up positions at the frontline in Old City of West Mosul, Iraq June 27, 2017.

High Court Religious Freedom Ruling: Conclusion of MO's 147-Year Journey? Justice Gorsuch questions the majority opinion's reliance on a distinction set forth in an earlier case, Locke v. Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court that the state violated the U.S.

Supermassive Black Holes Observed Orbiting Each Other for Very First Time Supermassive Black Holes Observed Orbiting Each Other for Very First Time This great discovery of the two orbiting supermassive black holes could help scientists understand more about the universe. The black holes are among the largest ever found, with a combined mass 15 billion times that of the sun, the study says.

Mercedes F1 Boss 'Can't Believe' Sebastian Vettel Purposely Hit Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 Boss 'Can't Believe' Sebastian Vettel Purposely Hit Lewis Hamilton The Ferrari driver and championship leader accused Hamilton of causing the clash and said he should have been penalised too. You think a multi-time world champion would behave better than that.

Facing Revolt On Healthcare Bill, Senate Republicans Delay Vote Facing Revolt On Healthcare Bill, Senate Republicans Delay Vote A look at some of the major changes to the Affordable Care Act in the GOP's new healthcare plan. So it's not that people are getting pushed off a plan.

Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for 1st victory of season Kevin Harvick wins at Sonoma for 1st victory of season It was by no means easy for Bowyer, who battled strategy and tire wear, a damaged auto as well as having to rebound from spinning. The No. 17 will need to avoid avoid race-ending collisions like his one with girlfriend Danica Patrick at Sonoma in the playoffs.

Bolt curious about who will replace him as fastest man Bolt curious about who will replace him as fastest man OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) - Usain Bolt is curious as to who will replace him as the world's fastest man. I am keeping my fingers crossed on what his performance will be tomorrow (today).

European court refuses to intervene over sick British baby Charlie's parents, from Bedfont, west London , raised £1.3m on a crowdfunding site to pay for the experimental treatment in the US.

Lions name team to face Maori All Blacks Lions name team to face Maori All Blacks The first Test takes place on June 24 at Eden Park and history suggests it will be hard for the losing team to bounce back. Replacements: Hikawera Elliot, Chris Eves, Marcel Renata, Leighton Price, Kara Pryor, Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Rob Thompson.

Malware attacks: Govt rushes cyber security advisor to Mumbai Malware attacks: Govt rushes cyber security advisor to Mumbai He added that any response would take time to implement given the large volume of traffic handled by the port. The group is "assessing and managing" the situation to minimise the impact on its customers and partners.

German parliament paves way for gay marriage vote Friday German parliament paves way for gay marriage vote Friday The vote is likely to pass with strong support from other German parties and from some lawmakers within Merkel's CDU. He also laid down gay marriage as a condition for any future coalition involving the SPD.