Ransomware attack again thrusts US spy agency into unwanted spotlight

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 19, 2017

"Which we will", she said.

But some other technology industry executives said privately that it reflected a widely held view in Silicon Valley that the USA government is too willing to jeopardize internet security in order to preserve offensive cyber capabilities.

NHS bosses are confident that south Essex experienced only minor issues, and that patient care was largely unaffected.

The ransomware known as Wanna Decryptor is believed to be responsible.

Although the hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton wasn't hacked, the internet and internal email system was shut down on Friday and given a "robust overhaul" as a precaution to further attacks. At least some of those emails appeared to be messages from a bank about a money transfer.

The ransomware took advantage of a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, first reported by the National Security Agency.

As is becoming all too common, the hackers transmitted the ransomware via a phishing e-mail, and then, once the user clicked the bait, the hackers used a method thought to have been developed by the National Security Agency, and locked businesses out of their systems.

After WannaCry, a ransomware program based on the leaked NSA exploit EternalBlue that hit hundreds of thousands of machines last week, criminals have adapted another NSA tool called EsteemAudit, security analysts tell the Financial Times.

Major companies that includes sixteen National Health Service organsisations in the U.K. FedEx, telecom companies Telefonica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation were also hit.

In England, some hospitals were forced to cancel procedures and appointments, as ambulances were directed to neighbouring hospitals that had avoided the attack, according to BBC reports.

"We back up what we put into the system every night, but Friday's information will be gone".

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Wallace said that IT staff had worked around the clock over the weekend to patch security systems and restore files at NHS trusts across the country.

'There has been one incident of the ransomware hitting a business here in Australia and there could be two other incidents where it has occurred although we are trying to confirm that, ' he said.

A spokesperson told Pulse: 'Those NHS organisations in the region who were not directly affected by the virus also closed their external servers as a precautionary step to ensure the virus could not spread'.

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