Cyber attacks from WannaCry ransomware slow down

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The full extent of the damage from the cyberattack felt in 150 countries was unclear and could worsen if more malicious variations of the online extortion scheme appear.

"Cyber risk has risen up the boardroom agenda in recent times, but it is clear that, despite a raft of new legislation, government guidance and industry warnings, many organisations are still operating systems vulnerable to attack", he said.

Differing from the government's view that the WannaCry ransomware attack has had a minimal impact on India and that there was nothing much to worry about, IT experts have warned users against the cyber-attack saying it is expected to rise rapidly in India.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step" while technicians deal with the aftermath of the attack. "If you're not going to allow the NHS to invest in upgrading its IT, then you are going to leave hospitals wide open to this sort of attack". Seven of the 47 affected trusts were still having IT problems Monday.

Shares in firms that provide cyber security services jumped on the prospect of companies and governments spending more money on defenses, led by Israel's Cyren and United States firm FireEye.

Interior Ministry: The Russian Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers, adding that less than 1% of computers were affected.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said 2,000 computers at 600 companies in Japan had been affected.

Cyber experts working with leading audit firms told Mail Today that Indian businesses were affected by the malware but instead of reporting it to the government, they chose to initiate internal inquiries.

Gas stations: State-run media in China reported that some gas stations saw their digital payment systems shut down, forcing customers to bring cash.

Universities and other educational institutions in China were among the hardest hit, possibly because schools tend to have old computers and be slow to update operating systems and security, said Fang Xingdong, founder of ChinaLabs, an internet strategy think tank. It seized the computers of a lot of countries and took the systems as a hostage. Another security researcher, Benkow was also able to find a new variant.

In Indonesia, the malware locked patient files on computers in two hospitals in the capital, Jakarta, causing delays.

The virus swept computers running on Microsoft Windows Operating System, especially those not now supported such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003.

Tempting as it may be in order to resolve your crisis quickly, law enforcement and cybersecurity experts don't recommend paying the ransom. "It's like after a robber enters your home. If someone kidnaps your child, you may pay your ransom but there is no guarantee your child will return".

The vehicle manufacturer had to halt production at many sites, including in France, Slovenia and Romania, as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus. If no payment is received in seven days, the files will be deleted.

The VEP was established to determine whether the government should withhold or disclose information about computer software security vulnerabilities.

The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users' files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore access.

"Never click any unknown link without verifying the source" it said.

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