Dozens of countries hit by record cyberextortion attack
Dozens of countries hit by record cyberextortion attack
14 May, 2017, 21:59
Barts officials had to cancel routine appointments and divert ambulances to neighboring hospitals, they said, adding that the switchboard at Newham University Hospital also was affected. Security firms said the attacks had spread to all corners of the globe, with Russia hit the worst, followed by Ukraine, India, and Taiwan, said Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm.
Once inside the targeted network, so-called ransomware made use of recently revealed spy tools to silently infect other out-of-date machines without any human intervention.
And all this may be just a taste of what's coming, another cyber security expert warned.
The attack infected computers with what is known as "ransomware" - software that locks up the user's data and flashes a message demanding payment to release it.
In April, Shadow Brokers released a piece of National Security Agency (NSA) code known as "Eternal Blue", as part of a trove of hacking tools they said belonged to the U.S. spy agency.
Renault said it had halted auto production at several sites including Sandouville in northwestern France and plants of Renault-owned Dacia of Romania on Saturday to prevent the spread of ransomware in its systems.
Germany's national railway says departure and arrival display screens at its stations were affected Friday night, but there was no impact on train services.
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Another WHO spokesman, Eric Kabambi, said: "The case is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky". A wider outbreak occurred in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in 2014-2015, killing more than 11,000 people.
Europol said a special task force at its European Cybercrime Centre was "specially created to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation". When he tried to access patient files on a computer, he couldn't find them - even though he knew they were there. But so far several said they have found no way to break the encryption. But the attackers may yet tweak the code and restart the cycle. The researcher in Britain widely credited with foiling the ransomware's proliferation told Reuters he had not seen any such tweaks yet, "but they will (happen)". The central bank's IT attack monitoring centre "detected mass distribution of harmful software" but no "instances of compromise", it said.
The malware "acts as a 'worm, '" he explained.
The hunt was on for the culprits behind the assault, which was being described as the biggest cyber ransom attack ever. (Atentado, Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/RITCHIE B.
Sean Sullivan, security adviser to F-Secure, an global cyber security company, said: "This is going to be a real problem for the NHS for months".
In Brazil, the social security system had to disconnect its computers and cancel public access.
After an emergency government meeting Saturday in London, Britain's home secretary said one in five of 248 National Health Service groups had been hit. In a statement, FedEx said: "Like many other companies, FedEx is experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware".
According to various reports, globally, large firms such as Spain's telecom operator Telefonica, and logistics company FedEx have been affected by the cyber attack.
Another expert, Chris Wysopal of the software security firm Veracode, said he believes criminal organisations are behind the attack, given how quickly the malware spread. State agencies and major companies around the world were left reeling by the attacks, which blocked access to files and demanded ransom money, forcing them to shut down their computer systems.
In an internet posting, six days before it hacked the NSA and released the Eternal Blue code on April 14 - and a day after the first air strikes - Shadow Brokers appeared to issue a warning to US President Donald Trump.
The worldwide attack was so unprecedented that Microsoft quickly changed its policy and announced that it will make security fixes available for free for older Windows systems, which are still used by millions of individuals and smaller businesses. Microsoft said it was pushing out automatic Windows updates to defend clients from WannaCry.
Microsoft released a patch for the issue in March but computers that have not been updated are still vulnerable to the attack.
The National Cyber Security Centre is working with all organisations here in the United Kingdom that have been affected and that's very important.
Huss and others were calling MalwareTech a hero on Saturday, with Huss adding that the global cybersecurity community was working "as a team" to stop the infections from spreading.
THE federal government promises it will remain vigilant, as a group orchestrating cyber attacks wreaks havoc worldwide.
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The hunt was on for the culprits behind the assault, which was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack. It initially said 16 NHS organizations had reported being hit, and more reports came in as the day went on.
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According to Director General of Police N Sambasiva Rao, systems using the Windows operating system were hit by the cyber attack. Elsewhere in Europe, the attack hit companies including Spain's Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company.
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