Monday, 25 September, 2017

Ransomware Attack Hits Businesses Across The World

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Ron Matthews | 18 May, 2017, 04:18

The cyberattackers demanded payments of $300 or more from users to unlock their devices. WannaCry is not just a ransomware, but also a worm.

If you are using an "obsolete" operating system like Windows XP, pay to convert to Windows 10.

The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has issued a red alert about the ransomeware.

Wallace said Cyber security experts in the National Health Service (NHS) worked alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the GCHQ spy agency, to patch computer systems after the attack caused widespread problems on Friday.

"The first step to do is to not open any attachment with the extension '.exe' or '.js' since prevention is better than cure".

But hospitals in the United Kingdom aren't the only ones in the world that have been affected, according to Indonesia's information and communication minister Rudiantara, who said that Jakarta's Dharmais Hospital and Harapan Kita hospitals were having to manually re-install their systems after being hit by a cyber-attack. The NSA allowed its data to be stolen from its servers by hackers to launch the biggest ransomware attack in history.

"Another way to prevent these attacks is to disable the '.fmb' service in the computer".

On March 14, the company had released a security update to patch the vulnerability.

The computers were locked down in exchange for ransom payments, said Mashable.

Don't grumble when your system administrator at work takes the network down periodically to update systems, which usually includes installing new and often critical software patches. In the letter they warned that "computer hardware and software that can no longer be supported should be replaced as a matter of urgency" and insisted that "more can be done to protect against potential risks". That data should be stored offline on a hard disk.

Tehan said that Australia's critical infrastructure had also avoided infection.

"We will get a decryption tool eventually, but for the moment, it's still a live threat and we're still in disaster recovery mode", Europol director Rob Wainwright told CNN's Becky Anderson on Sunday, adding that the number of cases was still rising. According to the company, the vulnerability used by WannaCry was stolen from the NSA.

"Do not use any pirated software in the computer".

When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says, in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday.

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