Monday, 20 November, 2017

Cyber Attack Hit 200000 People in 150 Countries, Says Europol

Lucas Bell | 16 May, 2017, 09:58

Most stations had recovered. "Because they could have done something ages ago to get this problem fixed, and they didn't do it".

Broadcaster NTV reported 600 companies and 2,000 computers in Japan had been affected.

Australia and New Zealand appeared to have escaped largely unscathed as they woke up for their first business day since a massive ransomware worm hit thousands of computer systems around the world, disrupting operations at hospitals, shops and schools.

Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.

Another major cyber-attack is imminent after Friday's global ransomware attack that infected more than 125,000 computer systems and could come on Monday, a security researcher warned today.

In the U.S. FedEx was hit.

The malicious software is believed to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft computers which was reportedly identified by the National Security Agency in the USA and subsequently leaked to the internet. Cybersecurity experts say the unknown hackers who launched this weekend's "ransomware" attacks used a vulnerability that was exposed in NSA documents leaked online. That's wrong, says Smith.

Around a fifth of trusts were hit, with six still affected 24 hours later, amid concerns networks were left vulnerable because they were still using outdated Windows XP software.

"At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat".

U.S. software firm Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe, and the attack was believed to be indiscriminate. The IT ministry has also requested Microsoft India to inform all its partners and customers to apply relevant patches, the statement said.

An 8am staff message from Simon Harrod, medical director at the Royal London, said: "While work continues on clearing the virus it is important NOT TO TURN ANY PC ON".

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"People going back to work on Monday may switch on their computers and see their systems have been impacted", he said.

James Clapper told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he expects similar attacks to become a growing problem in the future.

A cyberattack which crippled computers all over the world - including those of Nissan and the NHS - could grow on Monday (15 May), the head of Europol, the European Union's police agency, has said.

But the agency added that some infections may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections can spread within networks.

"Paying the ransom does not guarantee the encrypted files will be released", the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's computer emergency-response team said.

Wainwright said Europol provided free downloads of decryption programmes for most ransomware.

He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was.

He said most people "are living an online life", and these agencies have a duty to protect their countries' citizens in that realm as well. Computer courses are among the most popular in the country, although many graduates are working overseas.

The attack is believed to be the biggest online extortion scheme ever recorded. It then goes on to assure us that the company will assess the attack and strengthen its capabilities as a result, but also urges businesses and members of the public to ensure their systems are kept up to date with the latest patch.

On Sunday, Chinese media reported that students at several universities were hit by the virus, which blocked access to their thesis papers and their dissertation presentations.

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