giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com July 28, 2017


Global Ransomware Attack: Outbreak Disrupts IT Systems Worldwide

20 May 2017, 02:29 | Megan Pierce

Global Ransomware Attack: Outbreak Disrupts IT Systems Worldwide

ATMs down shutters over concerns of ransomware attack

Indian computer systems largely escaped a global ransomware attack as the government and companies installed security patches to gain an upper hand against the first wave of an unrivalled global cyber attack.

Smith's post deflects criticism of Microsoft by noting that the company issued a patch for the vulnerability earlier this year, but many organizations didn't patch older computers.

Friday's attack largely hit businesses and large organizations: United Kingdom hospitals, a Spanish telecom, FedEx, the Russian Interior Ministry, and more.

The director of Europol raised fears that the cyber attack that has hit NHS services and global businesses "will continue to grow" as people return to work after the weekend.

SECURITY OUTFIT Bitdefender has put together a list of best practise tips to help individuals organisations defend themselves against the WannaCry ransomware.

Kaspersky said it was seeking to develop a decryption tool "as soon as possible".

The malware encrypts data on a computer within seconds and then displays a message asking the user to pay a ransom of about R4,000, which is lower than other ransomware we have seen - but the true cost will be all the time, lost files, and other collateral damage caused by this attack.

GSTN, the company set up to provide the IT infrastructure for GST rollout, will not be impacted by the WannaCry ransomware attack as its systems do not run on Microsoft software, its CEO Prakash Kumar said. The pop-up also features two countdown clocks, one showing a three-day deadline before the ransom doubles, another showing a deadline for when the target will lose their data for ever.

It threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made.

IPL: 2nd qualifier to be played between Mumbai Indians and KKR today
The continuous showers reduced the KKR chase in Eliminator held at the same stadium on Wednesday night to a six over the affair. SRH completed their league match standing on the 3rd position and the KKR completed their league standing on the 4th position.


James Comey will answer questions about his firing publicly
The report is the latest in a steady stream of bad headlines for the White House related to the fallout of Comey's firing. Mr Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Mr Comey, he thought it was "appropriate" to seek a new leader.


Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians
The White House, in return, said it felt Flynn deserved "due process", and it downplayed the severity of Yates' early warning. Former FBI director James Comey , fired by Trump on May 9, has said Trump tried to get him to drop the Flynn investigation.


"We've seen the extent to which the ransomware, which had its infection rates slowed down over the weekend, now mutated by the cyber crime groups behind it", Rob Wainwright, director of the European Union police agency Europol, told ITV News.

Smith is urging world leaders need to consider following the "same rules applied to weapons in the physical world" for Internet vulnerabilities.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a nonprofit providing support for computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected so far. They released the exploits, which means even a novice hacker could use them to cause damage.

The computing giant says the tool used in this current attack had been developed by the US National Security Agency and was stolen by hackers.

The world's biggest cyberattack has hit at least 150 countries and infected 300,000 machines since it started spreading last Friday.

Only a small number of the more than 200,000 estimated victims of the WannCry ransomware attack seemed to have paid the demand based on the publicly available bitcoin accounts where they are instructed to make their payments. Those numbers have reached into the tens, and even hundreds, of millions. Those include a known and highly risky security hole in Microsoft Windows, tardy users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware created to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.

President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith released an open letter asking governments to treat this as a "wake-up call". Smith wrote, "As a technology company, we at Microsoft have the first responsibility to address these issues".

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", Smith griped. He says that when the NSA lost control of the software behind the cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".



Other News

Trending Now

Trump told Russians firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure on investigation
Since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, the explanations for the dismissal have been getting murkier. He says his memo is not a finding of official misconduct and is not a statement of reasons to justify Comey's firing.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax
It looks like Arsenal and Liverpool have the greatest chance of facing a playoff, for the qualifying round place in fourth. While Middlesbrough haven't won on their travels since August, when they beat rock bottom Sunderland 2-1.

"I really love what I do"says, Kimberly Guilfoyle"
It's the latest in a series of rumors and rumblings about Spicer that started nearly since Day 1 of Trump's administration. She was reportedly considered for press secretary during the transition, although Spicer ultimately beat her out.

Thomas injured, Celtics find new low in Game 2 loss to Cavs
They jumped to a 30-19 first-quarter lead in their 117-104 victory over the Celtics in Game 1 on Wednesday night. What a dominant performance, but what an embarrassing mark on the Celtics terrific 2016/2017 season.

China says hopes new South Korean government will correct problems
Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, urging the ROK to correctly deal with China's major and reasonable concern.

Celtics seeking validation against Cavaliers in East finals
Si Woo Kim of South Korea became the youngest victor of The Players Championship with a game and nerves well beyond his 21 years. They're just using the college system as a stepping stone to the National Basketball Association and that's really unfortunate.

Trump seeks to move past controversies as he lands in Riyadh
After Saudi Arabia, Trump will head to Israel and the Palestinian Territories where he hopes to revive the moribund peace process. Mr Trump was greeted by King Salman, they exchanged a handshake and Mr Trump said it was "a great honour" to be there.

White House doesn't dispute Trump called Comey a 'nut job' to Russians
And The New York Times said the U.S. president had told top Russian officials Comey's sacking had relieved "great pressure" on him.

John Wall Confident Wizards Can Win Series, Isaiah Thomas Talks Refs Postgame
The Wizards got into the paint with nearly no resistance and despite starting Amir Johnson, there was zero presence on the glass. In Game 3 , Washington strung together a 22-point run that turned a 12-12 game into a blowout that never really got very close.

Trump will not announce Israel embassy move on overseas trip
Bush before him, promised to move the embassy in the heat of a presidential campaign and then reneged with things got real. Moving the embassy had been a campaign promise of Trump's stretching back to the Republican primary.