Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries - Europol
Cyber attack hits 200000 in at least 150 countries - Europol
14 May, 2017, 14:24
"At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning".
The radio report says the Revoz factory in the southeastern town of Novo Mesto stopped working on Friday evening to stop the malware from spreading. "The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex worldwide investigation to identify the culprits". What happened? Hackers tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Saturday said Friday's cyber attack had affected 48 of the 248 NHS trusts in England, with all but six now back to normal, the BBC reported.
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She says productionwas suspended during the night, and added that "production remains halted today too".
The cyber-attack that struck organisations around the world, including the NHS, was "unprecedented" in scale, Europe's police agency says. "They're processing a lot of sensitive data", he said. "The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT) at EC3 is a group of specialist global cyber investigators and is specially created to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation".
The company said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and clients and services have not been affected.
This is already believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, disrupting services in nations as diverse as the U.S., Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and India. Deutsche Bahn said it deployed extra staff to help customers.
He said Europol and other agencies did not yet know who was behind the attack but "normally it is criminally minded and that is our first working theory for obvious reasons". Omer Fatih Sayan said the country's cyber security center is continuing operations against the malicious software.
The U.K. government emergency Cobra committee met on Saturday afternoon to discuss the attack.
Organisations across the globe, including investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA), are now working non-stop to hunt down those responsible for the ransomware. Both said Russian Federation was hit hardest. Spokeswoman Irina Volk was quoted by the Interfax news agency Saturday as saying the problem had been "localized" and that no information was compromised.
GERMANY: The national railway said Saturday departure and arrival display screens at its train stations were affected, but there was no impact on actual train services. In Brazil, the social security system had to disconnect its computers and cancel public access.
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